The official People’s Liberation Army Daily newspaper said in a brief report on its Weibo microblogging account that the exercise had been carried out “in recent days” in the southern part of Fujian province.
The Chinese military newspaper said the action involved “shock” soldiers, sappers and boat specialists. The troops were “divided into several waves to capture the coastline and carry out combat tasks at different stages,” it added, without providing further details.
It showed a video of soldiers in small boats storming a beach, throwing smoke grenades, breaking barbed wire defenses and digging trenches in the sand.
A small number of soldiers were involved in the exercise.
The weather was clear and the sea was calm – suggesting that the drill did not take place on Monday as southern Fujian is currently being affected by a tropical storm passing between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Fujian would be a major launch site for any Chinese invasion of Taiwan due to its geographic proximity.
China regularly conducts military exercises along its coast in the disputed South China Sea.
Taiwan has condemned China’s coercive strategy against it and said it would defend itself if attacked.
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