Despite tension with China regularly being found in the news, their special forces never seem to come up even though the U.S. and Europe have well-known elite fighting units. Efforts to create a top unit in China have begun to produce results after an exercise focused on assessing special forces, Ingenious Special Operations Soldier-2018, took place. Their first special forces units weren’t created until the 1990s with the groups being worked on throughout the 2000s. China’s air force has also created a special operations unit known as the “Thunder Gods.” Upgrades to aircraft and other means of transportation are also taking place, a possible game-changer to how China has been implementing their control over the East China Sea and influence in nearby countries.
The Crossroads of Special Operations