New recruits in the People's Liberation Army standing in formation during a training session in frigid winter conditions at a military base in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, China, on Sunday. Local temperatures reached minus 20 deg C that day.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2015, with the headline 'Unflinching against the elements'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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