The Taiwan Invasion Force of China conducts amphibious beach assault drills.

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The Taiwan Invasion Force of China conducts amphibious beach assault drills.

According to the country’s state broadcaster, a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) brigade stationed in southeast China conducted a day of intense live-fire exercises and amphibious beach landings.

During drills on May 12, the PLA’s 73rd Group Army’s armored division, which is thought to be China’s main invasion force in a presumed plan to attack Taiwan, expended several thousand rounds of ordnance, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

During the exercise, which lasted eight hours and involved a number of new recruits, footage posted online showed a number of Type 05 amphibious fighting vehicles being driven into the sea.

According to the CCTV report, assault vehicles were required to navigate through an obstacle course made up of buoys before arriving at their destination and lining up to fire at targets 6,500 feet away.

The amphibious vehicles, which also carry anti-tank missiles, can be seen unloading shells from their 105 millimeter guns toward a marked mountainside in the video.

The 73rd Group Army, which is stationed in Xiamen in Fujian province, is believed to have conducted the combat training off Dongshan County in the Taiwan Strait, according to satellite images circulated on Chinese social media sites.

China National Radio, which is owned by the Chinese government, first broadcast pictures of the drill on May 15. None of the photos, however, showed Chinese marines storming beaches.

Two motorized infantry divisions, an armored brigade, an air defense brigade, a missile regiment, an artillery regiment, and an engineer regiment make up the 73rd Group Army.

Due to its location across from democratic Taiwan, which the Chinese government claims is part of its territory, military analysts say the formation is still in high combat readiness.

Army training exercises, particularly frequent beach landings. This is a condensed version of the information.

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