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PLA team makes a fine figure in AASAM

(China Military Online)

08:27, May 21, 2013

BEIJING, May 20, (ChinaMil) -- As the Australian Army Skill At Arms Meeting (AASAM) concluded on May 17, 2013, the shooting team of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), made up by the officers and men from the Beijing Military Area Command (MAC) of the PLA, bravely won three gold medals and three bronze medals in the sniper contests and gained the title of the "Champion Sniper Team", scoring the first among all competition teams.

In the matches of military rifles, machine guns and light-arm pistols, the PLA team collected 7 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 20 bronze medals, ranking the third among all competition teams in winning the most championships and medals.

More than 340 competitors in 20 teams from 17 countries, including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and others, participated in the 37 international competition events in this year's AASAM. This was the first time for the PLA to organize a team for the AASAM, with 14 team members joining 35 events.

During the intense competitions among the competitors from all the participating countries, the individual comprehensive results of all the 14 PLA competitors were listed among the leading 20, which showcased the toughly-tempered comprehensive quality of Chinese PLA servicemen.

After the competitions, Angus Bell, chairman of the AASAM organization committee, sent a letter to the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and praised that Chinese soldiers showed not only exceedingly high standards of professional marksmanship but also high morale, deserving to be the model for all the teams of all the participating countries.

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