Stride 2016 and Zhurihe confrontation exercises kicked in north China’s

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Stride 2016 and Zhurihe confrontation exercises kicked off Friday at Zhurihe in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to boost the “trans-regional” maneuvering of the five theater commands of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Seen as one of the key maneuvers after the establishment of the PLA’s new command structure, the event will see mixed army brigades sent from each theater command separately confront a PLA troop posing as the enemy.

Where as the selection of brigades taking part in the drill would have been based on recommendations in the past, they were randomly selected this time, giving more troops chance to participate, according to chief director Wang Zhian.

Wang said commanders’ efficiency will be a greater part of evaluation of this drill, and the opposing sides will switch roles of attack and defense instead of each playing a single role throughout.

The drill will be tougher than previous versions, involving more nighttime maneuvers and harsher requirements for live-fire assaults.

The schedule was pushed to July from the usual May to give troops more time for preparatory training.

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