China ‘Fires Warning’ With Array Of Navy Drills Off Korean Peninsula

 

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China ‘Fires Warning’ With Array Of Navy Drills Off Korean Peninsula

Yellow Sea exercises come in wake of Pyongyang’s second long-range missile test in a month

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 8:58pm

UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2017, 12:10pm

 

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Chinese naval forces will conduct more than 10 kinds of drills and launch dozens of types of missiles during four days of live-fire exercises off the Korean peninsula, according to state media.

The details of the drills, which end on Tuesday, were released less than two weeks after North Korea fired off its second long-range missile in a month.

State-run CCTV reported on Monday that the naval forces taking part in the exercises in the Yellow Sea would practice offensive and defensive manoeuvrers with surface ships, submarines, air support, and coastguard forces.

The drills would mirror real combat conditions and test the troops’ tactical, combat and weapons training, the report said.

The exercises included aerial interception and assaults by land and sea, it said.

Watch: Chinese navy live fire drill in the Yellow Sea

Top brass overseeing the drills included navy chief Shen Jinlong, Central Military Commission training and management head Li Huohui,commissar of the Northern Theatre Command Fan Xiaojun, and navy commissar Miao Hua.

The drills were taking place in the waters between the coast of Qingdao in Shandong province and Lianyungang in Jiangsu province, according to notices from the PLA Navy’s North Sea Fleet and the Shandong Maritime Safety Administration.

They come after a three-day naval exercise in the Yellow Sea late last month ahead of the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army.

Analysts said this week’s show of force in the geostrategic area near the increasingly provocative North Korea was an unsurprising response to Pyongyang’s July 28 missile test.

China stages high-profile naval drill off Korean peninsula

Malcolm Davis, a Chinese defence specialist at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the latest drill was essentially a warning to Pyongyang.

“[The Chinese] could be sending a message to the North Koreans that they will be effective in any conflict if war is to break out,” he said.

Collin Koh, a maritime security expert at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, said the drill was meant to deter various players on the Korean peninsula, including North Korea and the United States.

Koh said the exercises were intended to help ward off a full-blown shooting war.

“States do this because they want to send a signal,” he said. “It’s not just targeted at North Korea.”

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PLA exercises off Korean peninsula seen as warning

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China stages high-profile naval drill off Korean peninsula

Show of military might ahead of PLA anniversary aimed at demonstrating Beijing’s resolve amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang, analysts say

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 8:44pm

UPDATED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 11:10pm

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Beijing has so far released scant information about the three-day live-fire drill, which is expected to last through Saturday, but analysts say it is also aimed at demonstrating China’s resolve amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear provocations.

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The PLA Navy’s North Sea Fleet and the Shandong Maritime Safety Administration announced in the past two days that the central part of the Yellow Sea would be cordoned off to all marine traffic from Thursday for military purposes.

An area of about 40,000 square kilometres off the coastal city of Qingdao, where the North Sea Fleet is headquartered, was expected to be affected by the drill, which would involve live ammunition, Weihai Evening Post reported on Wednesday.

Military experts said the drill was part of celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, which falls on August 1.

Beijing has yet to unveil details of the celebrations, but sources familiar with the matter told the South China Morning Post that President Xi Jinping would go to Asia’s largest military training base in Zhurihe, Inner Mongolia to watch war games involving cyberwarfare, special troops and army aviation.

“It’s very likely linked to the 90th anniversary. It’s more of a show of military might to [demonstrate] the recent PLA achievements,” said Collin Koh, a maritime security expert from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

Analysts also believed the drill was designed to send a warning to both Pyongyang and Washington as concerns grow over North Korea’s accelerated nuclear and missile programme.

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Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military affairs commentator, said the drill would send “a very subtle message to North Korea” as the defiant hermit nation refused to give up its nuclear ambitions despite US threats of a military strike.

The US and Australian governments have said they believe Pyongyang could be preparing for another intercontinental ballistic missile test to be conducted within days.

Ni said the naval drill could also be sending a message to the US at a time when tensions have resurfaced over a slew of issues including the South China Sea dispute.

“The US has been quite active in the region recently,” he said, citing its joint naval exercises with Japan and India and recent maritime and airspace patrols in disputed waters of the East China Sea and South China Sea. Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend.

Zhou Chenming, a military observer, said Russian ships may join the exercise in the Yellow Sea, in a sign of closer Sino-Russian military and security ties.

Shi Yinhong, an international relations specialist from Renmin University, agreed that Beijing and Moscow appeared to be edging closer as Washington threatened tougher sanctions against North Korea and Russia. “Russian-US relations were strained over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and ties between China and the US have been frayed in recent weeks. This is the fundamental reason behind the growing military ties between China and Russia,” he said.

China, which has been conducting joint sea exercises with Russia since 2011, is conducting its first naval drill in the Baltic Sea alongside Russian warships.

Meanwhile, State Councillor Yang Jiechi vowed to boost strategic cooperation and military ties with Russia on Wednesday at a bilateral strategy and security dialogue in Beijing.

China’s defence ministry could not be reached for comment.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as:

P.L.A. navy flexes muscle ahead of anniversary

 

 

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