Chinese Military Practices ‘Surprise Attack’ Near North Korea

XILINGOL, CHINA - JULY 30: The flag guard formation holding the flag of the Communist Party of China, the national flag and the flag of the PLA attends a military parade at Zhurihe military training base to mark the 90th birthday of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on July 30, 2017 in Xilingol League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. China held on Sunday its first Army Day parade one day before the 90th birthday of PLA. (Photo by Cui Nan/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/VCG via Getty Images)
The Chinese military conducted exercises on Tuesday designed to simulate a “surprise attack” by long-range missiles. The drill was conducted near the Korean peninsula and was pronounced a great success by Chinese media. It’s unclear, probably by design, whether the Chinese troops were shooting down simulated missiles launched by North Korea, or against North Korea.