采访/陈汉 编辑/王子琦 后制/李勇
CCP Military Brigades Fraud In Exercise
CCP leader and military chairman Xi Jinping had
requested the army to be practice combat drills,
but recently, military mouthpiece newspaper PLA Daily
exposed that the major army made up fake scores after the drills.
It says the army is engaged in formalism,
even fabricating scores.
The news has drawn public attention.
On Oct. 3, PLA Daily published an article titled,
“Is the score really that good?"
The report said that the People’s Liberation Army’s
47th brigade is dishonest.
During moving target practice in the desert,
in order to reduce the dust, they make the runway wet
for tanks, so they can easy to find targets and shoot.
The report said many similar situations existed.
For example, in tactical operations of top military authorities,
some officers copied scripts, or read scripted lines;
some units marked the battlefield target in advance
and let senior soldiers shoot, instead of new soldiers.
They also casually lowered standards and reduced difficulties
in building fortifications, as well as spending great efforts
to enhance the surface smoothness of trenches, and so on.
The news that the 47th Brigade fabricated information
has spread widely, arousing heated public reactions.
Many netizens said:
“Terrible! Army has to protect the country.
They dare to make fake scores,
can we still rely on them to defend the country?"
Wu Fan, US-based chief editor of China Affairs magazine,
says China’s army hasn’t joined a real fight for 30 years,
to maintain fighting ability, they must practice daily training.
If the exercises are fake, they will certainly die in a real war.
Wu Fan: “The army played tricks during the exercises,
in a real war they’d definitely be done for.
Whom would they be up against?
Japan, the US and Taiwan.
If the army fabricates scores during training,
they will be defeated.
This exposure indicates the army’s quality, tasks and
goals have severe problems."
A tank brigade officer also revealed that some military units
simply used wireless radio to communicate during training.
But they said they used “complex" information technology.
Some training that wasn’t related to information technology,
yet it was labeled as “under information technology conditions".
Wu Fan says that the Chinese Communist Party’s
army is different from foreign armies.
He says abusing civilians is the CCP army’s speciality,
not national defense.
Thus they won’t earnestly carry out military exercises.
Wu Fan: “As their nature and tasks are different,
they won’t seriously face wars.
Civilians don’t have any guns to defend with,
so armed soldiers can easily kill them, and the army
doesn’t need to fabricate anything for that."
This actually isn’t the first time that military was exposed
for fraud in their exercises.
In 2012, PLA Daily reported on an exercise
in the Nanjing Military Region.
A battalion commander had a friend contact a rival’s
brigadier who is good at electromagnetic interference.
This friend begged the brigadier:
“Go easy on them this time."
In addition, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao said that the 2nd Artillery
missile brigade had conducted fraud exercises many times.
They didn’t carry out exercise as actual combat.
Mr. Zhang, citizen in Mainland China:
“After I read the news, I wasn’t surprised.
As this military fraud is common practice.
Military is different from the local regime.
Military is a relatively independent and secretive unit.
If the regime made fraud,
immediately someone will expose it.
It is not that easy to expose military fraud.
In the past, they had lied to our people, promoting so-called
heroes like Huang Jiguang, and Qiu Shaoyu.
Yet they were fakes in the end."
Mr. Zhang observed that China’s economy is declining.
The CCP may want to provoke a war to divert attention.
Thus they are tightening on military quality now.
Wu Fan: “China’s military has several major problems.
‘As the only child in the family, why should I give my life
to the army? After three to five years’ service,
I’ll quickly leave the army.’
With many thinking this way, the one-child issue
becomes a big problem for China’s army.
No other country has this problem as bad as China does."
The CCP mouthpiece media says that after more
than a decade of the CCP’s one-child policy,
its millions of troops have quickly
become a single-child army.
Liu Mingfu, Professor at the PLA National Defense
University, estimated that 70% of soldiers
in the entire army are an only child in their family,
there are 80% in combat troops.
Many foreign media say the one child policy
has weakened the CCP army’s combat capability.