China — Chinesische Volksbefreiungsarmee gewährt Sicherheit der Olympischen Spiele


Chi­ne­sis­che Volks­be­freiungsarmee leis­tet ihren Anteil an der Sicher­heit der Olymp­is­chen Spiele 2008 in Peking
PLA to Share Respon­si­bil­i­ty for Olympic Secu­ri­ty

This arti­cle is pub­lished with kind per­mis­sion of “Chi­nese Defence Today —”.

Chinese Defence Today

Chi­na state-owned Xin­hua News Agency report­ed on 28 June that the PLA will be shar­ing the respon­si­bil­i­ties with oth­er organ­i­sa­tions for the secu­ri­ty of the 2008 Bei­jing Olympic Game, includ­ing pro­vid­ing air and mar­itime secu­ri­ties, deal­ing with uncon­ven­tion­al ter­ror­ism activ­i­ties, and offer­ing assis­tance in intel­li­gence and infor­ma­tion secu­ri­ty.

PLA infantry troops in anti-NBC training (Source: Chinese Internet) Tian Yi-Xiang, the head of the Mil­i­tary Depart­ment under the 2008 Olympic Game Secu­ri­ty Com­mand Cen­tre, told the for­eign Mil­i­tary Attachés on 28 June that the three ser­vice branch­es of the PLA, the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy, would all be “ful­ly involved in the the secu­ri­ty of the Bei­jing Olympic Game”.

He said that police forces, pro­fes­sion­al secu­ri­ty staffs, and vol­un­teers would under­take the major­i­ty tasks of the secu­ri­ty dur­ing the Bei­jing Olympic, while the mil­i­tary will be pro­vid­ing assis­tance in deal­ing with “uncon­ven­tion­al threats”, such as nuclear, bio­log­i­cal, and chem­i­cal (NBC) ter­ror­ism activ­i­ties.

Tian con­firmed that the PLA had already set up a com­mand organ respon­si­ble for the com­mand and con­trol of the PLA units in the Olympic secu­ri­ty mis­sion. Mobil­i­sa­tion of the units and draft of the train­ing sched­ule had also been com­plet­ed. The spe­cialised train­ing in secu­ri­ty mis­sion was also under­way.

To ensure the secu­ri­ty of the 2008 Bei­jing Olympic Game, a joint lead­ing body con­sist­ing of senior offi­cials and per­son­nel from law enforce­ment depart­ments, the People’s Armed Police (PAP) Force, and the PLA has been set up since late 2004. This lead­ing body has two sub­or­di­nat­ed organ­i­sa­tions, the Olympic Secu­ri­ty Com­mand Cen­tre and the Intel­li­gence Cen­tre.

Accord­ing to the report, the PLA will be main­ly respon­si­ble for sev­en major mis­sions dur­ing the Olympic Game:

  • Air secu­ri­ty for all venues of the game

  • Mar­itime secu­ri­ty for water sports venues in the coastal area

  • To assist the police forces and the PAP in counter-ter­ror­ism mis­sions

  • Dis­as­ter relief and res­cue mis­sions

  • To offer assis­tance in bor­der con­trol

  • To offer assis­tance in intel­li­gence and infor­ma­tion secu­ri­ty

  • To offer assis­tance in any oth­er tem­po­rary tasks

Image source: Chi­nese Inter­net