The country in which the level is in borders China, so it does make a little bit more sense for the SDC team to be there.
I've travelled through Kirgizstan back in the 90s to cross the border into China. The mountain pass was called TORUGART PASS, interesting to see on Google Earth. There was a 'no-mans land' of several kilometers but a military road that was heavily guarded with checkpoint controls every few kilometers. Our group were quite often faced with an AK 74 pointing at them while the passports were checked. Pretty scary having a loaded AK about 2 feet from your head and a nervous very young soldier with his finger on/next-to the trigger!
What I noticed on the long mountainous plateau was that there were several burnt out tanks and very suspicioús chimneys sticking out of the ground with smoke coming out of them. Maybe asking to let 'China' join in a war is a politically hot question! Even if it is only a game!
This is only a thought and not my opinion about China yes-or-no as an opposition for the 'Mercs'
Check out Torugart Pass and the town of Naryn on Google Earth. Scan the area maybe you see some strange roads disappearing into 'nowhere' !! You can see some watch towers as far as I can remember.
By the way, China attacked the Soviet Union via this road many years ago, from there the tanks.
Young Russian and Kirgyz (Soviet) soldiers
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