Skip to comments.Chinese 15th Airborne Corps
Posted on 01/28/2010 10:56:07 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The Chinese 15th Airborne Corps (three airborne divisions and an aviation brigade) has, for the last two decades, been the primary airborne infantry force in the Chinese military, and the primary rapid reaction force as well. China has enough air transports (Il-76s, Yu-8s, Yu-7s) to move one of the 11,000 man airborne divisions to anywhere in China within 48 hours. This was demonstrated two years ago, when one division was sent to Sichuan province, to assist in earthquake relief. The first use of this capability was in1988, when a division was moved to Tibet. The 15th Airborne Corps is now receiving more helicopters, and practicing tactical movements, via helicopter, for airborne brigades. These exercises are becoming more frequent, as more of the 15th Airborne Corps nine paratroops brigades, are trained to undertake these helicopter movements and assaults. These operations would be a major feature of an attempt to take Taiwan by force.
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I would advise the Taiwanese to emigrate in light of the fact that the Chicoms are clearly coming.........., but then I stop and consider that living under Chinese Communism today means you have more personal liberties (at least in the economic sphere) than here in a “free” country, and I just say “what the hell.... let em stay.”
That is not an apology for them, but rather an indictment of us. If you don’t belong to a house church with more than about 200 members (the unofficial “ceiling” after which the state considers you a threat b/c you are too big to be “unregistered”), and don’t attack the ruling party, you have more control over your life than you do here.
I admit, those are big, big, areas of restriction. It is just a sad reflection, though, of how we have kissed off liberty here.
Well I wouldn’t go quite that far.......but your overall point is well-taken.