PLA drill in South China Sea about combat readiness, not seizing Taiwanese islands, experts say

Aircraft carriers from the PLA Navy are set to take part in combat readiness exercises this summer in the South China Sea, and while the drills are likely to raise concerns in Taipei, their aim is not to seize Taiwan-controlled territory, military observers say. Earlier this month, Japan’s Kyodo News reported that the PLA was planning a large-scale beach landing exercise near Hainan province in August, simulating the takeover of the Pratas Islands – a group of three atolls in the north of the South China Sea that are controlled…

Chinese government vessels challenge the status quo around Senkaku Islands: Sin Chew Daily contributor, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO (SIN CHEW DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In 2019, the relationship between Japan and China was seen to be on track towards improvement. However, the China Coast Guard (CCG) has become more active around the Senkaku Islands than in the previous year. From the Japanese point of view, that gap between China’s posture in its diplomacy and in the water is unavoidably perceptible. This trend remains intact or has further intensified after the COVID-19 coronavirus first appeared in China at the end of 2019 and later spread to neighboring countries.…

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell steamed through disputed waters in the South China Sea in the second freedom of navigation operation by the U.S. Navy this year. The destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, a group of contested islands and reefs, on March 10, according to a statement Monday from the 7th Fleet. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims on the Paracels. Beijing on March 11 objected to the…

Rumored PLA drills plan on Dongsha Islands sparks fear in Taiwan

Marines assigned to a brigade of the PLA Navy Marine Corps move forward for assault after disembarking from their amphibious armored vehicle during a beach raid training exercise in the west of south China’s Guangdong Province on August 17, 2019. (Photo: eng.chinamil.com.cn) Japanese media on Tuesday claimed in a report that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will hold military drills for a “takeover of Dongsha Islands occupied by Taiwan” in August, resulting in heated discussions on the island of Taiwan. While the Taiwan defense authority claimed they could secure…

South China Sea: Beijing staging takeover of Pratas islands in military drill | World | News

The Chinese military is reportedly preparing to carry out a landing exercises on the strategically located Islands situated north of the South China Sea. Taiwan News reports the Chinese Southern Theatre Command will conduct a beach landing exercise involving marines, landing ships and helicopters on the Island in August. The Pratas Islands also known as the Dongsha Islands consist of one island, two coral reefs and two banks, and are located about 170 nautical miles southeast of Hong Kong. The Taiwanese occupied territory, which is a huge 353,668 acres, is strategically…

India worried China is planning to create artificial islands in Maldives

In another development affecting relations between India and China, the latest satellite images of face-lifted Feydhoo Finolhu Island in the Indian Ocean have posed serious concerns for New Delhi. A satellite images from January 2018 shows the original size of the island: about 38,000 sq. metres. The other image, from February 2020, shows land reclaimed by China following the destruction of the reef, which made the island 100,000 sq. metres. The image also shows ongoing construction on the reclaimed area. The island, which is almost 600 km from India and…

Chinese ships chase Japanese fishing boat near Senkaku Islands

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) — Two China Coast Guard ships have approached and chased a Japanese fishing boat in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said Saturday. The Japanese coast guard ordered the Chinese vessels to leave the waters and deployed a patrol ship to safeguard the fishing boat, whose three crew members were unhurt during Friday’s incident. Tokyo lodged a protest with Beijing over the incident via a call Friday to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo by Shigeki Takizaki, director…

Chinese Navy Anti-Piracy Drill Ends with Detour Through South China Sea Islands for U.S. Attention – Homeland Security Today

A Chinese navy fleet conducted an escort mission drill through the disputed Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea after completing an anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia. Analysts said the mission on Saturday by the 35th escort fleet of the Chinese navy was to boost far-sea training for combat ships and boost protection against piracy for Chinese merchant ships. The official People’s Liberation Army outlet PLA Daily reported that the fleet, including the destroyer Taiyuan and frigate Jingzhou, conducted drills to rescue hijacked ships and…

Chinese navy anti-piracy drill ends with detour through South China Sea islands for US attention

A Chinese navy fleet conducted an escort mission drill through the Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea after completing an anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia. Analysts said the mission on Saturday by the 35th escort fleet of the Chinese navy was to boost far-sea training for combat ships and boost protection against piracy for Chinese merchant ships. The official People’s Liberation Army outlet PLA Daily reported that the fleet, including the destroyer Taiyuan and frigate Jingzhou, conducted drills to rescue hijacked ships and coordinated…