China has conducted war games in the South China Sea. The Chinese Ministry of Defense said the exercise was a routine arrangement. The drills were, however, conducted after the Pentagon deployed its P-8 Poseidon plane in the region for the first time.
Tensions were high in the contested region. There had been words about a looming World Was 3 that could happen over the contested South China Sea.
“The Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has recently sent a taskforce to conduct training exercise in the South China Sea by sailing through the West Pacific Ocean,” China’s Ministry of National Defense said in an announcement. “This training exercise is a routine arrangement in accordance with the PLA Navy’s annual training plan in 2015,” the statement added.
The drills however were conducted after the U.S. agreed to deploy pentagon’s P-8 Poseidon aircraft in South China Sea as previously reported by Morning News USA. The P-8 A Poseidon had all the makings of a warplane. According to Boeing, the aircraft was designed for long-range antisubmarine warfare and anti-surface warfare aside from being an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. Mike Billington, Asia editor for the Executive Intelligence Review, said that mere deployment of the reconnaissance aircraft in the disputed South China Sea means that U.S. is preparing for World War 3 as previously reported by Morning News USA.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had for the first time included South China Sea in a joint statement, The Indian Express reported. The leaders’ actions proved that they support U.S. in its move to gather all Asian nations against China’s provocative behavior in the disputed region, Bloomberg reported. “Modi and Abe are telegraphing a striking message: We’re taking this relationship to the next level, even at the risk of roiling China,” Michael Kugelman, senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, told Bloomberg.