PINGXIANG, April 2 (ChinaMil) -- In a new round of minesweeping operation along the Guangxi section of the China-Vietnam border, a minesweeping detachment sent by a frontier defense brigade under the PLA Southern Theater Command completed demining operations in two minefields with a total area of 120,000 square meters in Pingxiang City and Longzhou County in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in late March.
The No. 019 minefield located in Pingxiang City has an area of about 50,000 square meters, where a total of 228 explosive devices such as mines and grenades have been cleared. The minefield has yielded the largest number of explosives since the launch of a new round of minesweeping operation in the Guangxi section of the China-Vietnam border.
This new round of minesweeping operations in the Guangxi section along the China-Vietnam border officially started in November 2017. Thirty-eight minefields with an area of about 1.58 million square meters are scheduled to be thoroughly swept. Fifteen minefields with an area of about 470,000 square meters will be permanently closed.
Up to now, a total of 25 minefields have been completely swept, covering an area of 480,000 square meters. The sappers have searched out and eliminated from these minefields more than 460 explosives including mines and grenades.
The minesweeping operation in Guangxi is expected to complete by November this year.