Chinese Special Operations Forces make public debut at 60th anniversary parade

The special operations forces of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made their first public appearance Thursday in the National Day military parade on Tian’anmen Square.

The soldiers, in brown-toned digital-camouflage uniforms, were holding silenced sub-machine guns.

The phalanx was from the special operations brigade of the Beijing Military Area Command, which shoulders responsibility of anti-terrorism and handling other emergencies.

The PLA special operations forces, established in the early 1990s, have evolved from a traditional reconnaissance unit. They are equipped with silenced rifles and bayonets, as well as high-tech facilities such as unmanned aircraft, global positioning and battlefield information processing systems.

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