Shortly before the Chinese Navy’s 73rd founding anniversary on April 23, China released many videos of drills simulating amphibious attacks and exercises with mixed forces.

According to the South China Morning Post, state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on Tuesday, April 19, depicted exercises with the scenario of at least a dozen ZTD-05 amphibious assault vehicles dispatching marines to attack a simulated enemy base during a recent island seizure drill.

Soon after the marines knocked out all critical military assets, airborne soldiers landed from Z-8 transport helicopters in the region.

According to CCTV, paratroopers at the Eastern and Southern Commands will be responsible for the fight for “Taiwan reunification,” parachuting drills into unfamiliar places at night for infiltration and control drills.

Shanghai-based military analyst Ni Lexiong said, “The failure of Russian elite airborne troops to control Kyiv in a few days, which caused the endless Ukraine war, has provided a valuable reference for the PLA.”

According to Zhou Chenming, a researcher from Beijing’s Yuan Wang Institute of Military Science and Technology, the amphibious drills were a warning to Taiwan. Also, to express the hope that the U.S. would not offer the same military assistance to Taiwan if Beijing opted to seize it by force.

As the Associated Press reported, on April 20, General Wei Fenghe, Minister of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), had a phone conversation with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin. Wei warned that “the United States should not underestimate China’s determination and capability.”

The defense ministry in Beijing provided a slightly more detailed account, stating that Wei “expounded his solemn position on the Taiwan issue and stressed that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. It is a fact and reality that no one can change.”

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