Chinese Air Force Warns the US by More Drills in Western PacificPosted: November 27, 2016
SCMP says in its report “China dispatches air force jets to carry out more drills in the Pacific” yesterday:
Chinese air force jets again carried out drills in the western Pacific, flying through the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines and the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa island, the nation’s air force said.
It quotes Chinese air force as saying that such drills far at sea are normal for countries bordering the ocean and it will organize more such drills for development of its systematic abilities far at sea to “maintain national sovereignty, protect national security and guarantee peaceful development”.
Previously, SCMP says in its report “China dispatches one of its largest air force fleets ever near Okinawa in show of force to Japan” on November 25, that the air force’s drill on November 20 with a large fleet of more than 40 fighter jets, bombers and air tankers was “saber-rattling” “meant as a strong message to Tokyo, after Japan’s new defence minister vowed to step up its military presence in the disputed South China Sea in joint training patrols with the United States” according to analysts.
We believe that instead the drills are strong messages to US navy that in addition to DF-21D and DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missiles, with J-20 dominating the airspace, China may send fleets of bombers accompanied by fighter jets to sink US aircraft carries outside the first island chain.
Japanese and US joint training patrols constitute no threat to China as such patrols will give China the excuse to deploy strong air force on the three large airports on its artificial islands in the South China Sea. China incurs huge costs in building the islands and airports certainly for the purpose first of all of defending its sovereignty and interests in the South China Sea though it claims that those islands and airports are mainly for civilian purposes in an attempt to ease US and China’s neighbors’ worries.
China certainly welcomes the planned joint patrols to get the excuse to militarize its artificial islands. The three airports there will be much stronger than quite a few US aircraft carriers. If militarized, it will be the US and Japanese patrol navies’ worries instead of China’s worries.
China’s large-scale drills in western Pacific give the US a clear message that with its J-20 dominating the airspace, China is more than able to annihilate US navy if the US attacks it from western Pacific.
Japan can be neglected by China! Without US support, Japan will be showered by China’s intermediate ballistic missiles and H-6K bombers’ cruise missiles and bombs if it dare to provoke China.
Comments by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s reports, full text of which can be found respectively at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049596/china-dispatches-air-force-jets-carry-out-more-drills and http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show.