On the morning of July 29, the official account of China’s 80th Army Group posted on Weibo: “Prepare for war!” In just 4 hours, more than 50,000 netizens liked it. After that, this account commented: “When family and society have work, all put on military uniforms. Soldiers’ Day is coming. We must remember that the basic responsibility is to prepare for the battle and refuel on the military’s resilient journey!”
China’s army groups are composed of many corps or divisions. According to NetEase, the 80th Army Group of the People’s Liberation Army of China was established in April 2017. Although it belongs to the Northern Military Region, where there is no sea, and is mainly stationed in Weifang, Shandong, this unit has regularly practiced maritime operations and sea landings and often organizes large-scale sea transport training and amphibious sea and air landings,
The newspaper said that the 80th Army Group had held many exercises in the past months in the relevant waters. Including round-the-clock long-distance training at sea, sea-based helicopter marching, ultra-low range penetration maneuvers, and round-the-clock live-fire practice of heavy artillery. In addition, this army group’s soldiers also conduct intensive swimming training, then switch to armed swimming.
As soon as the rumor that U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to visit Taiwan on Friday, July 29, the official account of the 80th Army Group of the People’s Liberation Army immediately posted on Weibo the words: “Prepare for war.“
According to NetEase, within just 4 hours of posting, the content attracted over 50,000 netizens’ attention and interest. The newspaper explains that: “Preparing for war is the general term of our military, in the sense of being prepared for war any time, at any place, without over-interpreting or distorting the meaning of war preparation! Normalization of war preparations is the spiritual pillar and soul of the army and servicemen.”
According to Aboluowang, the 80th Army Group’s garrison was about 1,120 miles from the Taiwan Strait. This army group commands the armed forces of six provincial administrative regions, including Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, and Fujian.