China launches upgraded drills for South China Sea fleets


Subi reef, located in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, is shown in this handout Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative satellite file image taken August 8, 2012, and released to Reuters October 27, 2015.  REUTERS/CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe/Handout via Reuters/Files

Subi reef, located in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, is shown in this handout Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative satellite file image taken August 8, 2012, and released to Reuters October 27, 2015. REUTERS/CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe/Handout via Reuters/Files

China’s South China Sea fleets have conducted training drills with upgraded methods that resemble actual combat conditions to increase the fleets’ combat effectiveness, according to an article published by the PLA Daily on Sunday.

Begun on April 7, the drills include new methods such as training within an electromagnetic environment. Previously, the fleets have also conducted all-weather drills, beyond visibility range training and low-altitude, high-speed exercises to hammer their pilots into shape, the article said.

“To think about special situations in an even more complex way, to make the enemy situation even more dangerous, to make the battlefield environment even more lifelike, is an important path in order for the navy and air force to stick close to the demands of real combat and accelerate its transformative production model for fighting strength,” division commander Tian Junqing was quoted as saying.

The article did not specifically say where in the South China Sea the drills took place.

The fleets will further explore 24-hour maritime attack drills, minimum altitude defensive dashes and other military tactics, the article added. They also will work in coordination with early aerial warnings, surface ships and ground anti-aircraft defense, among other branches of the military.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes every year. Its Southeast Asian neighbors including Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam also claim part of the sea, as does Taiwan.

(Reporting by Jessica Macy Yu and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Source: Reuters “China launches upgraded drills for South China Sea fleets”

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3 Comments on “China launches upgraded drills for South China Sea fleets”

  1. Joseph says:

    The American Tojo Admiral Harris has been feverish promoting active provocation from sailing within 12 miles and even open invasion to take the islands. He’s especially pissed that the gag order upon him was reported at all, and starting acting like delirious mad dog. But a gag order is a gag order. China needs to keep up vigilant actions such as rigorous drills to keep American eye open that any provocations and aggressions would be met with robust response. It is the only way to maintain peace to a warmonger nearby. Apparently the American is really in dire need of cash so much that they don’t even have funding anymore for their media propaganda. The Japanese-based American mouthpiece The Diplomat is now asking money to read its propaganda.

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    • Steve says:

      Maybe, the recent private meeting President Xi had with Obama is, ‘if your top military brass don’t shut it’s mouth, I will pull the $3 trillion dollars from your US treasury’ and maybe why Carter pulled out from his China visit is to avoid a Ear Bashing by China’s top brass.

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  2. Steve says:

    Sharpening it’s Fangs, Claws and Stratagem.

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