Lots of buzz on the internet recently about this video from Chinese state television purporting to show Chinese soldiers passing live explosives around as “an exercise that sharpens co-ordination, teamwork and mental strength.” I think this is wrong – one, the smoke, explosives tend not to do that any more, unless a slow fuse is involved; second, the final guy throws the satchel at his feet and not into the bunker. It seems to me that this is a public demonstration, an open day at a base perhaps, and the satchel is a dud, but the explosives in the crater are very real. This makes it considerably less dangerous (but not with risk), but also a long way from the way it is being reported by the English language media.

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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