To scare off neighbors making claims to their possessions in the South China Sea, Chinese state media has recently published a short photoseries starring the charming and talented ladies who fill fight to the bloody end to protect the Paracel Islands from foreign aggression.
Apparently nicknamed “The Most Beautiful Sunflowers,” this regiment of female soldiers was first deployed to the Paracels (Xisha Islands) back in 2001. Since then, they have earned Third Class Collective Award of Merit twice and the Second Class Collective Award of Merit once — which seems hella impressive.
How exactly did they win all these honors? Well, we’re going to assume by being the best damn girl band in the South China Sea.
Neighbor states beware!
The Paracels have been controlled by the PRC since 1974, but are also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam. It was announced late last year that the principal island in the archipelago, Woody Island, will soon be home to a filling station.
While a filling station might sound frightening at first, this photoseries is simply more evidence that China is not looking to threaten world order with its build up in the South China Sea, but rather construct a vibrant Eden, filled with wonderful vegetable gardens and cute female soldiers capable of playing the clarinet.
[Images via iFeng]