PLA Air Force to Keep on Patrol of East, South China SeasPosted: December 16, 2016
I really wonder why the Philippines and Australia are worried by China’s deployment of defensive weapons on its artificial islands according to Reuters’ report today “China defends its right to ‘ready slingshot’ in South China Sea” that I reblogged less than an hour ago.
Does the Philippines or Australia want to attack China’s artificial islands?
If they want to worry, they have to worry about Chinese air force’s training in and patrol of the South China Sea. As China’s H-6K bombers are patrolling the sea fully armed, they may attack the Philippines or Australia at any time if they have received such orders.
SCMP says in its report “PLA air force vows to continue training and patrols over East and South China seas”, “The mainland Chinese air force said on Thursday it would continue training and patrols in the air space over the East and South China seas, following recently intensified drills that have rattled Taiwan and Japan.”
“Such flights have became more frequent since a telephone call between Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and US president-elect Donald Trump on December 2,” says the report. Obviously, China is exploiting Trump’s use of Taiwan as a bargaining chip to pressure Taiwan and enhance tension to scare away the investment that Taiwan urgently needs.
A shrewd US president will soon replace stupid Obama. It is interesting to watch the competition of shrewdness between Trump and China’s Xi.
So far Xi is the winner. He is exploiting Trump’s trick to create difficulties for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in improving Taiwan economy. If Tsai fails to improve economy, she will lose to pro-Beijing KMT in the next presidential election.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2054845/pla-air-force-vows-continue-training-and-patrols-over.