Troops travelled to the site from central China before immediately beginning drills to fend off the “surprise attack” simulating real battle, it said.
As Beijing pushes for a peaceful resolution to the nearby mounting nuclear standoff between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, Chinese soldiers rushed to fire off missiles and machine guns to keep the world’s largest standing army on its feet.
The defense Ministry also said that the maneuvers, held on 5 September in the Bohai Strait, China air force practiced actions in response to the “unexpected, low-altitude targets over the sea”.
Meanwhile, China continues to oppose South Korea’s missile defense system known as THAAD. Despite the traditional alliance between the two neighbors, China has censured North Korea over its nuclear ambitions in the past and has even supported US -led sanctions against Kim’s government.
Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been simmering. Two days before the drills, North Korea had just conducted its sixth nuclear test, which caused a strong tremor in China’s northern area.
It is unclear, probably by design, whether the Chinese troops were shooting down simulated missiles launched by North Korea, or against North Korea.
Recall, September 3 North Korea has tested a hydrogen bomb.
The South China Morning Post is nevertheless convinced that the Chinese drill was intended as a warning to both North Korea and its adversaries about China’s military capabilities in the region.