frontier guards

frontier guards
   troops used for invasion without a declaration of war
   The Chinese Communists so described their armies which invaded India in 1960s and Vietnam in the 1970s:
    Then a reference to 'Chinese Frontier Guards' alerted me. (Naipaul, 1964 — he had though he was listening to an Indian broadcast until the use of the euphemism told him the source was Chinese)
    ... Chinese soldiers fighting in Vietnam but marked as 'Frontier Guards in South China'. (Theroux, 1988)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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