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PRC Media’s Coverage of Mobility Guardian Projects Self-Confidence

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From 5 to 21 July 2023 Air Mobility Command conducted the exercise Mobility Guardian 2023 (MG23). MG23 was the largest iteration of the exercise, and it was the first iteration to be conducted outside the USA. It involved detachments from seven countries, and it spanned the Pacific Ocean latitudinally and longitudinally. Despite the unprecedented scale of MG23, the news media of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) hardly reported about MG23, but this muted reaction to MG23 was normal for Beijing. Moreover, while the reports differed in whether they explicitly mentioned a threat to the PRC from MG23 or not, they all projected calm and self-assuredness with respect to the exercise.

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