Two of the leading theories are:I was referring to that idea of the Chinese using a T-72 during the Tank Biathlon. For the exercise, the Chinese checking out the T-72 makes sense since it would allow better cooperation between the Russians and Chinese. However, for the biathlon, it's pretty strange.
1) Russians won't allow it next year. Proof being that China used Russian APCs for this year's Army Games.
2) PLA doesn't want to showcase the Type-96 series any more.