Chinese Navy Commander Personally Direct Biggest Drill for WarPosted: July 10, 2016
China stresses that its biggest navy drill now is a routine one but the timing on the eve of the arbitration ruling by the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague tells us otherwise. Moreover, according to Chinese official military forum mil.huanqiu.com’s report today, the drill is of unusual large scale and it is quite unusual for Chinese Navy Commander Admiral Wu Shengli to direct the drill personally and quite a few high-ranking officers to take part in the drill.
However, as lots of US warships are at the South China Sea and may interfere in the dispute between China and the Philippines after the arbitration ruling comes out possibly in favor of the Philippines, China has to concentrate its navy and make it combat ready at this critical moment. That is why the drill is a live-ammunition one, i.e. the entire troops taking part in the drill is armed to teeth.
The drill shows China’s unflinching stance in safeguarding its sovereignty even to fight a war. Is that bluffing? I do not know. However, since Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Chinese people to cherish the Chinese dream to make China strong enough to prevent the repetition of its sad past of being bullied by foreign powers, it is only natural that China has to fight a war to safeguard its sovereignty now no matter how great the cost.
China’s entire South Sea Fleet and parts of East and North Sea Fleets take part in the drill. In fact, in this drill, China has concentrated as much troops as possible. including naval air force, submarines, surface warships and coast defense force. Why shall the scale be so big? It is quite obvious that it is a drill for a large-scale real battle.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on mil.huanqiu.com’s report “Navy commander directs large scale drill at the South China Sea”
The following is my translation of the full text of the report:
On July 8, the navy organized a life-ammunition confrontation drill in the area near the Hainan Island and Xisha (Paracel) Islands. The troops taking part in the drill are divided into red and blue troops to conduct “back-to-back” attack and defense drill in the designated sea area. Leaders of Military Commision’s joint staff department, training management department and the South Theater and all the standing committee members of the Party committee of the navy take part in the drill and give direction on the spot.
The troops participating in the drill are divided into red and blue troops to conduct “back-to-back” attack and defense drill in the designated sea area. They mainly come from the South Sea Fleet but also contain parts of the North and East Sea Fleets consisting of various kinds of combat platforms including air force, submarines, surface warships and coast defense troops.