The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly held military drills featuring warplanes near the island of Taiwan on Friday.
These type of drills, have taken place at least four times since the traditional Spring Festival holiday in January. Now they have become regular and are now a part of military struggle preparations against the island, mainland experts declared.
Multiple PLA warplanes, including the H-6 bombers, KJ-500 early warning aircraft and J-11 fighter jets, conducted a far-sea long-range drill above southwestern waters near the island of Taiwan, the media reported, citing the island’s defense authority.
The PLA warplanes entered the Western Pacific Ocean through the Bashi Channel, then returned to base along the same route they came from.
Song Zhongping, a mainland military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Friday that the drills were a part of preparations for the potential military struggle against the island of Taiwan, and such drills have become regular and routine.
After the traditional Spring Festival holiday in late January, the PLA conducted a combat readiness patrol mission featuring warships and warplanes on February 9, joint exercises on February 10, and “rare” warplane nighttime exercises on March 16, all near the island of Taiwan.
The exercises need to let Taiwan secessionists know that the support of foreign forces is useless and also let foreign forces understand that the PLA possesses the ability and determination to solve the Taiwan question.
Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said following the signing of the US act on March 26 that China’s national reunification and rejuvenation will not be stopped by any force.
Global Times / ABC Flash Point News 2020.