New minesweeping operation starts in Guangxi along China-Vietnam border

China Military Online
Huang Panyue

NANNING, Nov. 28 (ChinaMil) -- A new round of minesweeping operation at the remaining minefields in the Guangxi section on the Chinese side along the China-Vietnam border officially started in the China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region yesterday.

An army frontier brigade stationed on the Guangxi border under the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command undertook the mine-sweeping operation.

To better complete the task, about 90 Chinese service members with excellent military, political and psychological qualities and mine-sweeping skills were selected to form a special taskforce and received collective mine-sweeping training for more than a month.

The army leader assigned to the PLA Southern Theater Command, who was also the site commander, said that all remaining landmines in the Guangxi section of the China-Vietnam border will be cleaned up in the next year.

Since the end of the last century, China has carried out several mine-sweeping operations in the Guangxi section along the China-Vietnam border.

But 53 minefields, which cover more than 2 million square meters, have remained to be cleaned up yet due to unfavorable geographical conditions in the 17 border towns of eight counties and cities in China.

To accelerate the progress, the minesweeping operation will be conducted in two directions at the same time. The "eastern line" covers the four border counties and cities, including Dongxing City, Fangcheng District, Ningming County and Pingxiang City. And the "western line" covers the four border counties and cities, including Longzhou County, Daxin County, Jingxi City and Napo County.


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