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The world’s largest mil­i­tary is also the world’s most se­cre­tive. But the se­crecy is giv­ing the lead­er­ship of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) a headache: How do they main­tain mil­i­tary se­crecy with­out caus­ing a back­lash among young sol­diers who are pre­dis­posed to be­ing so­cially ac­tive and eas­ily in­flu­enced by com­puter games, the In­ter­net, cell phones and so­cial me­dia — all of which are banned or se­verely re­stricted within the PLA?

To meet this chal­lenge and fill the so­cial me­dia vac­uum, the PLA high com­mand an­nounced June 26 that an in- dige­nously de­signed, ide­o­log­i­cally cor­rect com­puter game has been ap­proved for dis­tri­bu­tion among its sol­diers.

The com­puter game is a mil­i­tar y war-game to mimic a com­bat op­er­a­tion code-named “Glo­ri­ous Mis­sion.” The pro­mo­tional pack­age points out the pur­pose for play­ing this game:

“To be loyal to the Party; to love the peo­ple; to sac­ri­fice for the moth­er­land; to be de­voted to our mis­sion; and to seek glory.”

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