Chinese media recently ran stories about battery powered Winter uniforms for the army. The purpose of this kind of story was twofold. First, to show off the neat new gadgets China is producing, and then to show how modern and high-tech the Chinese armed forces are. Unspoken is the admission that China has traditionally treated the lower ranking soldiers very poorly, especially when it comes to decent food and special equipment. During the Winter of 1950-51, American troops in Korea frequently came across Chinese troops who had frozen to death in their positions, being equipped with inadequate Winter clothing. No more, as the Chinese TV and newspaper stories about the battery powered heated uniforms. Such military clothing has been around for over half a century, using external power. The battery powered stuff showed up more recently as lithium battery technology advanced. This type of battery can be made in just about any shape. Many brands of battery powered clothing are made in China, and exported for the outdoor market.