Things are not getting any better in South China Sea after China launched a massive naval exercise in the highly contested maritime zone.
This is on top of China’s plan to hold a joint military drill with its ally Russia in September. China’s recent move has caused a ruckus in the region as it holds drills aiming to improve its military defensive and offensive capabilities, the RT reported.
According to reports, China’s current naval exercise, which involves South Sea, North Sea, and East Sea fleets, aims to prepare China in “sudden and cruel” encounters at sea. The massive naval exercise was participated by at least 300 warships, a dozen of fighter jets, and other vital military assets of China.
For Stability, Peace
But in a statement, China’s Ministry of National Defense was quick to add that the drill only aims to maintain stability in the region. Naval aviation forces and some of the China’s submarines would also participate in the exercise.
“The drill is aimed at honing the assault ‘intensity, precision, stability and speed’ of troops amid heavy electromagnetic influences, said a navy statement released Monday. An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short, which requires a fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency,” the statement reads.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, China announced its plans to hold a joint naval drill with Russia in September aimed at strengthening the two countries’ cooperation. But Yang Yujun, a spokesperson for China’s defense ministry, said that the planned military exercise is aimed at strengthening their cooperation and does not target any country.