China conducts major Air Force exercises

Chinese Air Force conducted exercises involving new aircraft and radar evading drills amid escalating dispute with Japan over disputed islands

Beijing: Chinese Air Force Monday conducted a rage of exercises involving new aircraft as well as radar evading drills amid its escalating maritime dispute with Japan over the disputed islands in East China Sea.

The exercises, whose location was not made public, were a major success, state-run CCTV said.

The drills involved new jet fighters which also practiced low flying radar evading techniques, it said.

The Chinese military, including its navy and marine forces, are conducting a series of exercises at various places at a time when China is locked in a maritime dispute with Japan over the disputed islands.

The strong military posturing also coincides with the once in a decade leadership change in the country as the ruling Communist Party is set to have a new leaders after the November 8 key Congress.

In another development, the Military Training Department under the General Staff Headquarters (GSH) of the Chinese People`s Liberation Army (PLA) has begun conducting assessment of the first-class military training units of the year at the division and brigade levels.

Unlike previous years, the military and political officers of the divisions and brigades, who have got the candidateship of the first-class military training units of each military area command, will have to appear for examinations on their military theoretical attainment and mastery of the integrated command platform in the irrespective military area commands, People`s Daily online reported.

A joint assessment team of the PLA general headquarters has been set up to conduct the evaluation of the first-class military training units in late October.

According to leaders of the Military Training Department, the test will cover overall appraisal of troop units` training management, training results and training conditions.

More attention of the assessment will be paid on the application of integrated command platforms, the operation of IT-based weaponry and equipment and the drill commanding based on information systems, the report said.