China’s army on Thursday released a video showing its soldiers preparing for a conflict in what appears to be the Taiwan strait, reported The Guardian. The video by the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army on its WeChat account showed scenes of its landing exercises and encounters with aircraft.
The video, titled “Reading the Strait” showed soldiers in combat uniform doing push-ups under crashing waves, a tank battalion driving into the sunset and troops running up sandy shores past anti-landing barricades, similar to those that dot Taiwan’s coast.
The one-and-a-half-minute video has a song in the background with lyrics such as “go over the city gate and the high wall and take the freest way”, “don’t be afraid” and “we turned over the mountain to meet the sunset”, The Guardian reported.
The post published on Thursday said Eastern Theatre Command soldiers were “ready to fight all the time, ready to fight at any time”.
The video does not mention Taiwan directly. However, the Eastern Theatre Command, a division of the People’s Liberation Army, is based on China’s eastern coast and has responsibility for the Taiwan strait.
This military division periodically conducts drills around the self-governing island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.