On June 17 “an accidental explosion” at a central China armory “killed 17 soldiers while they were stacking ammunition.”
The armory is located “on the outskirts of Hengyang.”
The Associated Press reports that China’s Xinhua News Agency says the cause of the explosion is “under investigation.” However, the secrecy with which China’s military operates means the findings will be “tightly controlled.”
China’s military has “2.3 million members” and has “enjoyed massive upgrades to equipment and living conditions for soldiers” over the past two decades. However, “conditions for much of the sprawling land-based forces remain basic and oversight is often lax.”
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