The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted combat-oriented drills featuring surface vessels, submarines and fighter jets in the South China Sea in late March, a month in which the US frequently sent warships and warplanes to intrude the waters.

Experts said on Thursday the drills showed the Chinese PLA Navy can effectively control and safeguard the waters as it continues to enhance its combat capabilities.

A naval base under the PLA Southern Theater Command organized in late March fleet training drills using combat scenarios in the South China Sea, according to a statement the PLA Southern Theater Command released on Wednesday.

Featuring surface vessels, submarines and fighter jets, the live-fire drills tested more than 20 subjects, including anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-submarine, land attacks, maritime replenishment, fleet navigation and wartime political work, the statement said.

The drills demonstrated a new characteristic of the PLA Navy in the South China Sea: multidimensional, with warships, submarines and warplanes coordinating, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told the Global Times on Thursday.

These tactics will help the PLA Navy effectively control and safeguard related waters, islands and reefs, as the Chinese military’s combat capability to defend the South China Sea keeps rising, Wei said.

The drills came after the US military frequently sent warships and warplanes into the South China Sea recently. A US destroyer passed through China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands on March 10, and the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier strike group and the America amphibious assault ship expeditionary strike group conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea on March 15.

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After the novel coronavirus epidemic broke out on the Theodore Roosevelt, the US again sent a P-3C patrol aircraft to the region on Tuesday, China Central Television reported on Wednesday, citing foreign reports.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly lowered the US Navy’s warship deployment capability in the Asia-Pacific region, and an increase in warplane deployment was expected, so it can maintain its presence while also gaining related intelligence, Wei said.

With the drills, the Chinese military showed that it is capable of driving intruders and unfriendly priers away, he said.

When asked about frequent US military activities in the South China Sea, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said at a regular press conference on March 26 that the US actions have threatened the security of the littoral countries in the region and undermined peace and stability in the South China Sea.

The Chinese troops will take all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and security, Ren said.

 

Source: Global Times

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“to intrude the waters”?????
Territorial waters are 12NM, it’s about 23km!
South China Sea ain’t China’s private lake!

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I must add that the the littoral countries in the region are actually calling US for help as they see Chinese occupation of Filipino or Vietnamese islands, making these military bases, as a threat for their security! Saigon is again a port of call for US aircraft carriers! Duterte closed US navy-bases, China invaded Filipino islands, Duterte stopped to call POTUS names and asked US-Navy to come back! Etc etc etc! How funny, China has territorial disputes with 23 countries, despite having only 14 land borders, illegally occupies Tibet and Kashmir for decades, recently tried to invade Buthan, which ended… Read more »

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Great! Both countries have a combined debt in excess of USD Trillion 100 TN forget millions & billions (China with over 35 TN & USA with 70 TN) and don’t have sufficient basic face masks for their own soldiers leave aside for the civilians and can’t handle Covid 19 and these 2 countries are talking of war games & war like scenarios. Great. Keep it up.

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yeah they do in fact they are world biggest producers of face masks, they are even shipping masks to USA, France Canada Germany.

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Soviet surplus P3-rated NBC suit is better.
Any way, put 2-3 scarf thickness in front of your mouth and nose and you’re OK. The main issue is peoples’ sputters ending in contact with your mouth/mucosas… If you don’t wear gloves, better wash your hands with alcohool, etc…
Had way more people been preppers, there’s be no problem at emergency shipping of masks, they’d have NBC suits home for long 🙂

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Oh, BTW, since the only Chinese P4 laboratory is in Wuhan, first they produce the virus and spread it free of charge, then they sell equipments to fight the pandemic worldwide… Well, it goes further than capitalism, it’s anarcho-capitalism and in the most cynical form.
I wouldn’t be too surprised if they end being the firsts to come with a vaccine.
Wanna bet that all the gear will be overcharged, and so will be the shipping?

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China has $45tn debt, USA is around 21-23tn, China = +300% of GDP, USA around 100%…
But you miss a SERIOUS point, dear Long Live Syria…
USA pays less interests on its debt than the interests it receives from those borrowing money from USA, so you speak about USA having negative interests on debt… Same stuff for countries like France, Luxembourg, etc etc etc!
Therefore, it’s not a problem at all since all do benefits…
China is much more in troubles as it has no negative interests…

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Communist China is a filthy and backwards country that is many decades behind America and Russia !!

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while the party is yes communist, china economy is has private industries in it but are tightly regulated. But to say that is backwards could not be farther truth and they are only called that by the actual backward people in the states who lost their jobs. Because the companies moved for businesses over there for cheap labor.

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Mhhhh, “tightly regulated” was in Deng Ziaoping’s days… These days are over… Many companies who moved factories to China are now moving again : they’ve found other countries with even cheaper qualified labour… Jinping has put Chinese economy in serious troubles with his BRI and some other measures : they over-invested on projects that ended losing gigantic money rather than doing big… Now they have more than 300% of GDP in the red and unlike USA, it’s without negative interests… In other terms, Jinping played the bubble economy, and there are obvious signs telling that the bubble is close to… Read more »

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Communist? ROFL! They’ve became even more capitalist than the Yankees!