In the following weeks, this blog will start posting more Northern China (especially on the Northern Theater Command) centric updates. Hopefully it will feature insight into the military options available to the King in Beijing. One thing's for certain, the PLA can expect no Lannister army marching shoulder-to-shoulder with them -- Cersei tweets loud-and big but all she ever wanted is to build a wall facing the south (too late, no?). Joking aside, the 28,500 strong Lannister army can’t mount a “boots on the ground” across the DMZ without completing an prolonged air campaign first.
A note to the King in Beijing, A Lannister always pays his debts. It stands at $1.15 trillion in Aug 2017 and counting.
RRU -- the King in Beijing can count on 2 brigades of PLAN Marine (the third brigade is far from battle-ready), up to 9 airborne brigades and dozens of SpOs units. Given China's advanced transportation networks coupled with their high-readiness rate, majority of those RRU could reach the Yalu River delta area within 10 days. This rapid troop movement capacity has been demonstrated during rescue phase of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake 9 years ago. An assessment of PLA's response to the 2008 earthquake is here. However, RRU are essentially light infantry units -- albeit well-trained -- with limited light direct and in-direct armor and fire support. They also lack heavy artillery and engineering assets to overcome fortified defensive positions and mountainous terrain dotted across the entire area-of-operations. They should know, they were there during the 1950s.
Furthermore, unlike their Western counterparts, close tactical air support is still an luxury item few units have access to. Therefore, those RRU will not advance without support from local "heavies". But if they do, they will be "all in".
More to follow.....
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Photos of the day: PLAN Marine, Winter Warfare Specialist.
Training in cold region becomes normal for Chinese Marine Corps
(Source: China Military Online) 2015-01-12
The Chinese Marine Corps is loading equipment onto trucks on January 8, 2015, getting ready to head for a training base in northeast China for actual-combat cold region training. (Chinamil.com.cn/Liao Zhiyong)
GUANGDONG, January 12 (ChinaMil) -- A brigade of the Chinese Marine Corps made up of 1,000-plus people and 100-plus vehicles set out from the west of Guangdong province on the night of January 8, 2015, and headed for a training base in northeast China which is more than 4,000 kilometers away for the cold region training.
This is an onshore trans-regional actual-combat cold region training featuring the longest distance and longest time.
This is another actual-combat cold region training for the Marine Corps after its organic units headed for a training base for the first time last year, marking that the cold region training has become normal for the Marine Corps, according to Li Xiaoyan, commander of the cold region training and deputy chief of staff of the South China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the People's Liberation Army (PLAN).
This actual-combat cold region training will cover a number of subjects, such as troops assembly, mobile entry and stationing, technical and tactical basis under severe cold conditions, operation grouping and collaboration, and actual-troop confrontation in offensive combats on rugged terrains in cold region.
This cold region training features a more complicated environment, higher latitude, lower temperature, and wider maneuvering range compared with that of last year.
Some specific training subjects have been added based on the training of last year, and the troops will conduct the training under such complicated situations as long-distance maneuvering, unfamiliar region, and extremely cold weather, Li Xiaoyan said.
In addition, from transfer-in of the troops' degree of combat readiness to maneuvering and withdrawal, the training command post will organize experts and instructors from institutions and universities to set up a directing and evaluating team, so as to test the troops' long-distance maneuvering and total-region combat capability in an all-round way.
The fully-armed officers and men of the Marine Corps are boarding vehicles to head for a training base in northeast China for actual-combat cold region training on the night of January 8, 2015. (Chinamil.com.cn/Liao Zhiyong)