Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that the 31st Group Army of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), headquartered in Xiamen, Fujian Province, conducted large scale landing exercises with live ammunition. The exercises were reported on Mainland national TV four days after Taiwan’s presidential election. The 31st Group Army mobilized long-range rockets, howitzers troops, amphibious tanks and helicopter landing forces. One of the primary missions of the 31st Group Army is clearly defined as “reuniting China by landing onto the main island of Taiwan.” The Group Army was deployed as elite troops in the closest front line in the Taiwan Strait. The latest exercises were conducted as a joint operation under the conditions of information age warfare. A variety of new combat forces were integrated into the combat coordination system.
Source: Sina, January 21, 2016