Chinese private security companies grew up after 11 Chinese builders working on a World Bank project in Afghanistan were shot dead by the Taliban in 2004. Before 2006, when a new external security affairs department was established, Chinese embassies had little back-up if citizens were attacked or needed to be evacuated.
While the Chinese government has been hesitant to send police forces to protect its interests abroad, China’s expanding footprint in Africa and other unstable areas around the world has spurred demand for private security. Between 2006 and 2010, the government had to rescue 6,000 citizens from countries including East Timor, Chad, Lebanon, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Thailand and Haiti. In 2011, conditions in Libya and Egypt meant 48,000 Chinese citizens had to be evacuated.
Beijing Security Service and Hua Xin Zhong An Security Service, two of the first security enterprises to spring up, offered basic security provision for clients operating in mainland China, with limited interests in Africa. By 2010, a new breed of security firm had emerged offering highly trained special operations forces to protect Chinese personnel in state-owned Chinese oil and gas companies or banks working in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan. These included Shandong Huawei Security Group, the first Chinese security firm to open an overseas office, and DeWe Security Service, a firm operating in 37 countries that played a vital role in evacuations from African war zones. Boutique security firms such as Ding Tai An Yuan Security have found new markets addressing specific security challenges unique to the Belt and Road Initiative.Rise of China’s private armies, by Odil Gafarov
I find it rather amusing that a strongly Leninist government would give a solid thumbs-up to homebrew mercenary groups.
“You meet all kinds on the battlefield.” — something to surprise the PCs with, again and again and again.
“Leninist”: tightly centralized, one-party control of politics and the military. “Marxist”: state ownership of the means of production.
China isn’t very Marxist anymore — less so than France, nowadays — but it’s still deeply Leninist.
Meanwhile, in completely unrelated news:
The documents described the fighters as a “pro-regime force,” loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. It included some Syrian government soldiers and militias, but American military and intelligence officials have said a majority were private Russian paramilitary mercenaries — and most likely a part of the Wagner Group, a company often used by the Kremlin to carry out objectives that officials do not want to be connected to the Russian government.
“The Russian high command in Syria assured us it was not their people,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senators in testimony last month. He said he directed Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “for the force, then, to be annihilated.”
“And it was.”How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria, by By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
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For the first 15 minutes, American military officials called their Russian counterparts and urged them to stop the attack. When that failed, American troops fired warning shots at a group of vehicles and a howitzer.
Still the troops advanced.How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria, by By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
There is a time for words, and there is a time for action.
Questions remain about exactly who the Russian mercenaries were, and why they attacked.
American intelligence officials say that the Wagner Group, known by the nickname of the retired Russian officer who leads it, is in Syria to seize oil and gas fields and protect them on behalf of the Assad government. The mercenaries earn of a share of the production proceeds from the oil fields they reclaim, officials said.How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria, by By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
Mercenaries will be mercenaries.
But as the old tune goes, you have to know when to hold them, and when to fold.
I wonder how many PC-led mercenary groups know which is which.
And if they don’t know, I wonder how they will be taught… and who will teach them.