Chinese Daily Global Times has reported that a hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, has relocated its blood bank on the orders of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA)’. Many hospitals in different provinces have started curtailing the use of blood. The local government is organizing a blood collection drive to replenish supplies. The same is also true of some other top hospitals in Hubei Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The stocks of blood were transferred before the Jiuzhaigou earthquake in Sichuan Province on August 8, and they are likely to be transferred to Tibet.

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On the face of it, the report will give an impression that China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with India on Doklam standoff by reportedly setting up blood donation and collection camps in the area. However, if we analyse it deeply, we will find that the News Paper reports of blood donation is a part of passive psychological operations of PLA to indicate that it means business.

All armies of the world take these measures before going to war but premature release of these news by PLA can safely be construed as part of psychological warfare to keep the adversary guessing. These activities are part of Civil Defence Programme and routinely practiced during peace time as rehersals.

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