Zhurihe is largest train­ing base in Asia

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

Zhurihe, a Mon­go­lian word mean­ing heart, courage and valor, was founded in 1957 as a train­ing ground for tanks. It is now the most ad­vanced mil­i­tary train­ing base for the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army as well as the big­gest train­ing base in Asia.

Zhurihe Train­ing Base cov­ers 1,066 square kilo­me­ters, roughly the size of Hong Kong, and of­fers real­is­tic bat­tle con­di­tions in a va­ri­ety of ter­rains, in­clud­ing grass­lands, hills and deserts.

Zhurihe held its first ex­hi­bi­tion ex­er­cise for for­eign mil­i­tary ob­servers in 2005 and has hosted com­plex real­is­tic com­bat ex­er­cises in­volv­ing high­tech mil­i­tary hard­ware since 2008. Such drills in­volv­ing red and blue units are de­signed to get the sol­diers used to fight­ing bet­ter-equipped foes.

In 2014, Zhurihe hosted a six-day joint anti-ter­ror drill with forces from Rus­sia, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Kaza­khstan and Ta­jik­istan and PLA per­son­nel.

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