China’s East Pacific Move to Counter US South China Sea MovePosted: March 7, 2017
Japan Times says in its report “ASDF scrambles jets as China sends more fighters, bombers through Miyako Strait as part of large drill” that on March 2 China sent 13 warplanes, the largest number ever, across Miyako Strait to conduct a military drill with Chinese navy in Western Pacific.
It quotes China’s official Xinhua News Agency as saying, the “exercise is part of annual plans for the navy, is not aimed at a specific country or target, and accords with relevant international laws and norms.”
However, the drill was conducted when US aircraft carrier entered the South China Sea perhaps with the aim to block China’s access to its artificial islands.
The drill told the US that China not only can deal with US navy in the South China Sea, but is able to send air force and navy to deal with Japan and Taiwan in Western Pacific. If the US attacks China in the South China Sea, it has to be prepared with a large-scale war involving Japan and Taiwan as China has enough fire power to deal with US navy in the South China Sea and can, in addition, send its air force and navy to deal with Japan and Taiwan. The war will give China the opportunity to resolve its disputes with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands and take back Taiwan by force.
China has lots of land-based ballistic and cruise missiles and warplanes for the war. Its geographical advantages are so overwhelming that US simply has no chance to win a war near it.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Japan Times’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/03/national/china-sends-planes-miyako-strait-large-scale-drill/#.WL35SOS7r6o