Soldiers assigned to a pontoon bridge brigade with the army under the PLA Central Theater Command construct a pontoon bridge under the cover of smoke and spray curtain during training on August 29, 2016.
A WZ-19 attack helicopter assigned to an army aviation regiment with the PLA 41st Group Army fires its rocket launchers at simulated targets during a live fire training exercise in an undisclosed area on August 29, 2016.
Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich (R) before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, on the morning of August 30, 2016.
Xi Jinping shakes hands with delegates to the first Party Congress of the PLA Strategic Support Force in Beijing on August 29, 2016.
JH-7 fighter bombers assigned to an aviation brigade of the PLA Air Force fly in formation over the snowy Tianshan Mountains during a flight training exercise in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in late August, 2016.
A female pilot assigned to an aviation regiment of the air force under the PLA Northern Theater Command gives a thumbs-up as she prepares to taxi out in a JH-7 fighter bomber for a training mission in late August, 2016.
Marines keep on guard against raid after landing on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan during a fast-roping training exercise at a sea area off the western coast of South China's Guangdong Province on August 9, 2016.
A LD-2000 close-in weapons system based on a 8 x 8 cross-country truck chassis, assigned to an air-defense brigade with the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, fires at simulated aerial targets during a live-fire training exercise on August 23, 2016.
The Type 037-IS submarine chaser Lingao steams in formation with other warships during training conducted by a maritime garrison command assigned to the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy in an undisclosed sea area in mid-August, 2016.
Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), answers reporters' questions at a regular press conference on August 25, 2016.