PLA News, Pics, and Discussion


Jeff Head

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This thread will be about breaking PLA news and discussion. specific details about particular equipment, armament, specific units, etc. will be covered in more detail in their own respective threads.

To start, here's news about the Myanmar situation:

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CRI English said:
The Chinese army and air force dispatched missile units and fighter jets to Lincang, a city situated on the border, on Sunday.

At the same time, the city government of Lincang asked homes along the border to put up China's national flags to protect themselves.

The moves came after a bomb from Myanmar hit the border city and killed five Chinese people with eight others injured on March 13.

Bodies of the five dead were cremated on Saturday.

Each family of the victims was given 20,000 yuan (3,200 USD) for funeral expenses by the city government.

The spokesperson of China's air force said on Saturday that they had sent fighter jets to the border after the incident, to protect people against more possible air strikes from Myanmar.

The vice-Chair of China's Central Military Commission also went on-record saying the Chinese military will take "firm and decisive action" if any more stray fire incidents take place.

The Myanmar government expressed their regrets over the incident and promised to carry out joint investigations with China on Sunday.

Both the Myanmar government and forces in Kokang denied the bomb was dropped by them.

The government of Myanmar has been locked in a battle with the Kokang ethnic minority in the northeast of the country since late last year.

Regional unrest has seen thousands of people from Myanmar cross over the border into China to seek refuge.

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The Chinese Foreign Minister was also apparently talking about this:

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People's Daily Online said:
BEIJING, March 17-- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Yunnan province, which borders the conflict-hit Myanmar, on Monday to discuss with officials plans to protect the life and property safety of local Chinese, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

The meeting came after a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane killed four and injured nine others in Lincang city last week.

"Wang and leading provincial officials exchanged views on the current situation and discussed ways to deal with it," the spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing, without giving more details.

They studied ways to safeguard border peace, protect life and property safety for local Chinese, and overall bilateral ties, Yunnan Daily reported on Tuesday.

The conflict in north Myanmar's Kokang region has lasted for more than a month, severely impacting the border region's peace and stability. China has urged conflicting parties to "take China's concerns seriously" and show restraint so as to restore order at the border.

Chinese fighter jets patrolled the China-Myanmar border after the deadly bombing in order to "track, monitor, warn and chase away" Myanmar military planes flying close to the Chinese side.
 
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People's Daily Online said:
The last detachment of China's peacekeeping infantry battalion left for South Sudan on April 7, 2015.

The 130 troops, dispatched by the Jinan Military Area Command, will join 570 compatriots who had been sent in the first three months of this year.

It is the last detachment of the country's first deployment of a full infantry battalion for a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
Pretty big news for the PLA. This is their first official international deployment in an official UN Peacekeeping operation.

700 troops altogether.

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Although unlikely, the troops might soon be uploading helmet-camera videos of gunfights and raids.
Those people are not as tech savvy as the American counterparts. We have never seen any of those videos leaked from the PLA, unless it's CCTV camera footages from nearby, but never headmounted cams.
PLA also has a much stricter policy for leaks. Even if those things are purchased by the average young soldiers, they wouldn't be allowed to be used by their commanders, let alone uploaded onto the internet.
 

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Although unlikely, the troops might soon be uploading helmet-camera videos of gunfights and raids.
Really?

I do not think those are helmet mounted cameras. More likely, in those numbers, they are helmet mounted lights.
 

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Is that helmet-camera on the top right side of their helmet (just above the goggle strap)? Or is that just a torch light?
The latter.

See my response to Sino Soldier, and then ladioussupp's response.

They are helmet mounted lights.
 

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