Date: August 17, 2015
By: Victor Robert Lee
SINGAPORE – A time series of satellite images confirms that in 2014 and early 2015,
China constructed for military training purposes a building that closely resembles Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building in Taipei. The new building, at the expansive Zhurihe combat training base of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Inner Mongolia, is situated on a newly constructed grid of streets and buildings that has similarities to the center of Taiwan’s capital city.
A video that briefly showed PLA troops practicing an assault on the building, broadcast by CCTV on July 5, received marked attention in Taiwan when reported on July 22 by the Shanghai-based portal Guancha, and subsequently by Taiwan’s state-controlled Central News Agency, Apple Daily, and other outlets. A more detailed still image of the assault on the building appeared on China-based web portals, and was attributed to the PLA’s China Military Net website, but currently the image cannot be found on the website. [FULL STORY]