July 31, 2007 / 9:45 AM / 10 years ago

China offers war movie clips to mobile phone users

BEIJING (Reuters) - Make-way cutesy animals and sugary pop songs -- Chinese mobile phone users can now download film clips of the Korean War and stirring military anthems to celebrate the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

<p>A soldier from the People's Liberation Army Unit 196 stands still during a military demonstration at a base on the outskirts of north China's Tianjin municipality, July 30, 2007. China let in a crack of light on its military modernisation on Monday, opening a camp to foreign reporters to put out the message: we have nothing to hide and you have nothing to fear. REUTERS/Alfred Cheng Jin</p>

Subscribers to China Unicom, the smaller of the country’s two mobile telecom operators, are being offered the service for about $1 a month, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.

“I believe it will be popular since we have so many military fans in China,” it quoted company official Yu Peng as saying.

“We have more than 300,000 pictures of weapons and military figures in our database along with clips of hundreds of movies, such as ‘Battle for Berlin’, ‘Normandy Invasion’ and ‘Shang Ganling’, a movie about the Korean War,” he added.

Customers will also be able to get military news sent straight to their handsets from the army’s own newspaper, the report said.

“It’s not just about making money. By doing it, we are celebrating the PLA’s 80th anniversary,” Yu said. “And in the process providing more healthy content through mobile phones.”

The anniversary falls on Wednesday.

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