Chinese soldiers are taking part in sub-zero training near the country’s frozen northern border by Russia.
The soldiers were undergoing extreme winter training in Heihe, Heilongjiang. The training took place in temperatures as low as negative 4 degrees Farenheit. To emphasise discipline and endurance, the Chinese soldiers carried out the exercises shirtless in marked similarity to the widely publicized winter exercises conducted by South Korea’s special forces.
The Chinese exercises, conducted at the end of the February, come as China increases its military budget by 10%. Beijing announced in January that it will focus its military training upon winning “local wars,” according to the AFP.
The military exercises took place along the Chinese-Russian border.
During the training, the soldiers conducted exercises with traditional Chinese swords to work on dexterity.
The sabre training was intended to increase the soldiers’ general combat capabilities.
The soldiers also threw snow and freezing water onto each other, probably to help build endurance to the cold.
Temperatures can dip to as low as -50 degrees Farenheit in Heihe.
The shirtless training in the slightly warmer weather is meant to inure the soldiers to the chill while instilling mental and physical toughness.
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