Minitrue: ‘Blue’ Captures ‘Red’ in PLA Military Exercise

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Please find and delete the article “In PLA Exercises, ‘Blue Army’ Captures ‘Red Army’ Commander with Cabbage Ruse.” (September 1, 2014)

请检查删除“解放军演习蓝军假扮慰问团送白菜活捉红军司令”一文。

On August 28, the state run Global Times published an article [Chinese] on a PLA military exercise in which the “blue army” (representing an opposing force) used a ruse to capture the commanding officer of the “red army” (representing China’s PLA). In this summer’s PLA exercises, “blue” teams have met resounding success over their “red” opponents; last month in The Telegraph, Malcolm Moore reported that while these war games had been previously scripted in favor of the “red army,” this year’s exercises have been more spontaneous.

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