Broadcast of Chinese military drill reveals map of Taiwan

By Katherine Wei ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A map of Taiwan appeared in a video feed of Guangzhou Military Area Headquarters during China Network Television’s broadcast of a drill by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) codenamed “Mission Action 2013B” yesterday. An unnamed source familiar with China’s military affairs stated that China has always been attentive to Taiwan’s naval affairs and that the Nanjing Military Area Command (MAC) and the Guangzhou Military Area Command are in charge of observing China’s southeast seas. The drill was carried out by PLA units stationed in Guangzhou; therefore, it should not be surprising to see a map of Taiwan in Guangzhou army headquarters, said the source. The drill was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, with approximately 20,000 soldiers from the 42nd Combined Corps of the Guangzhou MAC, the East China Sea Fleet and the South China Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, as well as air force units from the Nanjing MAC, Guangzhou MAC. The drill involved exercises which simulated the transportation of soldiers and ammunition across land, air and sea.

According to a report by mainland Chinese newspaper Huaxin News, the drill is intended to be IT-based, realistic and involve coordination between all military branches, in effect simulating a tactical battle.