People's Daily Online said:Troops from Chengdu Military Region started a land and air live-fire drill on Tuesday along a part of the border with Myanmar. The real combat-like drill aims at safeguarding China's border security and aviation security and protecting people's lives and property.
Troops started an air-ground live-fire drill in southwest China's Yunnan Province, close to the border with Myanmar on Tuesday.
On the morning of the first day’s drill, the army made a precise aerial attack. The air attack is very important in the mountainous jungle areas as it’s hard for the vehicles and soldiers to reach.
Zhi-9 (Z-9) utility helicopters also took part in the drill. These helicopters were equipped with special cameras, by which the soldiers could see the attack of rocket projectiles.
In the afternoon, the detective radar used only 8 seconds to identify the enemy position before the army launched an accurate attack with howitzers against the enemy.
Aviation, artillery, air defense, infantry, missile and radar units all participated in the drill. Local departments of the Communist Party of China and the government, national defense mobilization agencies and militia were also involved.
The exercise aims at testing military maneuvers, reconnaissance, strike power, mobilization and militia reserve support, said Tang Jibing, senior colonel with the PLA Chengdu Military Area Command.
"Holding drills is an effective way to enhance joint operations capabilities and it is necessary in safeguarding frontier and air defense and protecting people's lives and property," Tang said.
The exercise will be conducted in accordance with training plans, with exercise areas and attack targets randomly selected, he added.
The PLA said Chinese authorities have informed Myanmar of the drill, and an end date will be announced later.
China’s military has encountered another problem as it attempts to weed out corruption and modernise it fighting forces – its soldiers don’t like their food.
A report in the PLA Daily newspaper has revealed that most troops dislike the ration packs they are given during military exercises and drills and bring along their own grub instead.
A survey was carried out among troops of one the PLA’s ration packs containing beef and vegetables and “58 per cent of the soldiers found a strong need to improve its taste, which is not only boring but also affects their appetite”, the report said.
It also gave the example of a soldier, Xu Dongdong, who took part in a Guangzhou military area command drill, but had prepared his own bread and pork sausages so he did not have to eat his official rations.
“It is nothing unusual for soldiers like Xu to bring their own handy food to field training or military drills,” the report said.
Xu was quoted as saying that troops often prepare their own snacks for training exercises.
“We all come from different places, either in the north or the south and food served at our posts has different flavours, but ration packs tend to be tasteless,” he said.
PLA rations packs often contain high energy foods, such self-heated instant rice or noodles and luncheon meat.
A leader of one military exercise was quoted as saying, however, that the PLA should make no effort to cater to the taste buds of its troops.
They “must train themselves to adapt to such kinds of food”, he said.
But Yu Jifu, an assistant officer at the Guangzhou command’s supply department, said there was a need to prepare ration packs with different flavours and foods for various types of military mission.
For example, on missions in desert areas, dried food ration packs would only make the solders thirstier, he said.
More importantly, said Yu, the authorities must research and develop rations that soldiers actually want to eat.
Chinese ration packs pale in comparison with the food on offer to troops elsewhere in the world.
US army packs can includes almond cake, cranberries, spiced apple cider and peanut butter and crackers.
British troops can enjoy chicken tikka masala and vegetarian pasta, while Canadians have the choice of salmon fillet with Tuscan sauce or vegetarian couscous for their mail meal.