Chinese State television featured a segment where elite police forces trained by raiding a compound that looked similar to the compound in Pakistan where U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
The segment aired on state television Friday but did not mention the similarities between the two compound. However, one viewer noticed the resemblance and put pictures of the two compounds up on Weibo for comparison, the New York Times reported.
The segment was filmed in Xinjiang, a province in Western China home to the Uighurs, a Muslim minority and Turkic-speaking group that defy Beijing’s rule.
Li Wei, an antiterrorism expert at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, told the New York Times that Chinese special forces don’t get many opportunities to be in combat, so real-life training situations are a good way to stay sharp.
Even though China has built up a strong antiterrorism force, there are still few chances for them to be trained in actual combat, especially compared to the Americans who have conducted operations in the Middle East and elsewhere,” Li Wei said.