China will now also stage a independent five-day military training exercise in the South China Sea off southeast Hainan province starting on August 6, large-scale maneuvers that coincide with nearby US-led exercises in the contested maritime region.
According to a China Maritime Safety Administration notice released on Wednesday, China will prohibit ships from entering a restricted area between the Paracel Islands and Hainan island province from early on August 6 to the end of August 10, 2021.
Meanwhile, the US Indo-Pacific Command said on August 2 it would conduct the LSGE21 with the United Kingdom’s armed forces, Australian Defense Force and Japan Self-Defense Force.
It said the US regime said it would train with its hostile Zionist allies and partners to improve interoperability, trust, and shared understanding to better address offensive challenges in the area of the South China Sea.
John Aquilino, commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, said during a presentation at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, that he was concerned by China’s suppression of Hong Kong and human rights issues in Xinjiang, as well as China’s military actions at the border of India.
A average Carrier Strike Group (CSG) normally consists of one aircraft carrier, one guided-missile cruiser for air defense, two warships for anti-submarine and surface warfare and one to two anti-submarine destroyers. a large formation of warships controlled by one leader.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a speech that “foreign powers” must stop extending “Black Hands” in South China Sea issues and show “four respects” – respect historic truth, international law, countries in the region and their agreements.
Wang said the historic truth was that China was the first to have discovered, named and explored and exploited the South China Sea Islands and relevant waters while the country had reclaimed sovereignty of the islands from Japan after World War II.
On July 29, Global Times, published an editorial to warn the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, not to carry out any “improper acts” when passing through the South China Sea.
The Chinese army would open fire if UK warships entered the 12 nautical miles surrounding Chinese claimed islands and reefs in the region. In the end, the UK did not sail near the contested areas.
A German Navy’s frigate, Bayern, set sail from the port of Wilhelmshaven for a seven-month-long journey across a dozen ports in the Indo-Pacific that will likewise traverse the South China Sea.
China has no objection to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. As long as European warships pass through the South China Seas normally in accordance with international law, and not seek to create a conflict with China.
We strongly hope that the commanders of those warships have the strategic awareness of maintaining their country’s relations with China and will not take willful actions in the South China Sea.
China is not afraid of provocateurs. Neither Britain nor Germany has the power to fight China in the South China Sea. However, the chance of a direct military conflict between China and the West is still remote in the short term, military experts say.
The PLA might launch some missiles in the area during the five-day exercises, but only to give a warning to the USA, UK, Australia and Japan.
In August 2020, China launched four missiles from Qinghai and Zhejiang at a designated target in the South China Sea.
The PLA would not deploy troops and warships to the restricted area in the South China Sea as it usually took several months to prepare for such kinds of large-scale drills.
Chinese-speaking military researchers have been sharing their hypothetical views on the Internet on how a possible war between the United States and China would unfold.
The US military would first take over or destroy China’s military base on Fiery Cross Reef if the Chinese army did not retreat before a given deadline.
China would then retaliate by launching intermediate-range ballistic missiles from the country’s Northeast region to the military base on Guam, a US island territory in Micronesia.
The USA should not underestimate China’s missile-launching ability and must destroy all the missile facilities on the mainland within a short period of time.
Even if the US anti-ballistic missile systems had a success rate up to 99%, a mini-nuclear warhead could cause serious damage to the US territory or an aircraft carrier.
The US regime would probably allocate 200,000 of it 375,000 soldiers in the Indo-Pacific region to fight against China and the remaining 175,000 to battle in the Korean peninsula.
China would launch missiles to destroy the US military air bases in Japan and South Korea within an hour so that US bombers would not be able to take off.
US fighter aircraft would also not be able to get close to China as their carriers would enter within shooting range of the country’s missiles. T
The USA would ultimately lose its air supremacy due to China’s ground-to-air missiles and be forced to retreat when one of its aircraft carriers was damaged.
Asia Times / ABC Flash Point South China Sea News 2021.