Chinese online game attacks Japanese-controlled islands

August 2, 2013 1:48 pm

Chinese online game attacks Japanese-controlled islands

Beijing 02nd August 2013 :An online game released in China in collaboration with the Chinese military on Army Day simulates an attack on Japanese-controlled islands.

The online game features an aircraft carrier and its role is capturing the disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkakus by Japan.

The release of video game follows months of confrontation between Japanese and Chinese vessels in the disputed waters.

“Players… will fight alongside Chinese armed forces and use weapons to tell the Japanese that they must return our stolen territory,” says Giant Interactive Group (GIG), the company behind the game.

The game involves a soldier named Qiangjun who boards China’s only aircraft carrier Liaoning with his comrades and fights invaders in military bases on the islands, which is currently controlled by Japan.

Earlier versions of the game were developed as training simulators for officers of the People’s Liberation Army.

Gu Kai, company vice-president and game said: “Most young boys, from the bottom of their hearts, want to be a soldier. They like to fight, they like to win. On one hand it’s a training tool, on the other hand it’s about army recruitment.”

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle.After studying Russian at the University of Central Florida.He researched political movements in the former Soviet Union for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, while studying for a master’s degree in international relations at George Washington University.

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