People are mocking China for celebrating its 'incredibly strong' soldiers with a video showing them run through an obstacle course

People’s Daily, ChinaA Chinese service member runs through an obstacle course.
  • The People’s Daily, China’s state-run news organisation, is being shamed for flaunting the country’s “incredibly strong soldier morale” in a video showing a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) service member participating in what appeared to be an obstacle course.
  • “They fear nothing,” the outlet said on Twitter.
  • People on Twitter, some of whom are former US service members, mocked the People’s Daily’s bold characterization of the PLA troops.
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China’s state-run news organisation is being shamed for flaunting its “incredibly strong soldier morale” in a video showing a People’s Liberation Army service member participating in what appeared to be an obstacle course.

“This is the incredibly strong soldier morale of China’s PLA,” the People’s Daily tweeted in the caption, referring to China’s People Liberation Army. “They fear nothing.”

The service member, wearing a combat helmet and a load-bearing vest, could be seen dunking himself into a hole filled with water amid sounds of gunfire.

People on Twitter, some of whom are former US service members, mocked the People’s Daily’s characterization of the PLA troops:

https://twitter.com/mrglenn/status/1126243480794206208?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

https://twitter.com/BlytheandDogs/status/1126155685362851842?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

In its latest report on the Chinese military, the US Defence Department said China continues to reform their armed forces in an effort to become a “world-class” military by 2049.

“In 2018, the PLA focused its training on war preparedness and improving its capability to win wars through realistic combat training during numerous smaller force-on-force exercises and skills-based competition exercises,” the Defence Department said in its annual report to Congress.

In addition to conventional warfare training, the Chinese military is said to have expanded its presence in the digital realm. Some of its flagship projects, such as the J-20 aircraft, is believed to have mimicked US technology from Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II.

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