China intends to beef up its efforts in the South China Sea region with more military drills. According to reports, the country is ramping up efforts in the region including comprehensive combat drills in light of the rising tensions. Will China succeed in conquering the South China Sea?
The South China Sea has been a contention point for many countries in the Asia Pacific. As it sees trillions worth of trade per year, rights over the area could give nations leverage over power plays and territorial rights across the globe.
Apart from China, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan also have overlapping claims.
State news agency Xinhua said that China will be carrying out more military exercises in the disputed region for this month.
Xinhua added via Reuters that the drills will also include a new guided missile destroyer that will be used in anti-submarine, anti-missile and other exercises. There were no details on where the drills would specifically take place. Nonetheless it was noted that such drills were already part of the plan for the year.
In line with this, CNBC confirmed through its report that the Chinese navy has started comprehensive combat drill in the South China Sea. The drill included the country’s most advanced warships in light of the rising tensions.
According to reports, a naval group of two destroyers, two frigates, and a supply ship departed from the Sanya, Hainan province, on Wednesday. One analyst said that China’s drills were to boost the combat readiness of its forces.
It is also expected that the drill will have another destroyer joining soon. State-run CCTV reported that each shop has three helicopters on top of dozens of Special Forces. They will sail to three locations: South China Sea, the West Pacific and East Indian Ocean.
“China’s best warships will be deployed in the South Sea Fleet as a response to the US military activities, although both sides will carefully avoid any friction,” explained Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military commentator, said. “It a demonstration of muscle.”
The United States is not standing by idly as there are also reports of the country stepping up military efforts to deter Chinese aggression.