Connect with us

Asia Pacific

China Conducts Massive Naval Drill In The South China Sea To Counter “US Military Provocations”



In response to the US efforts to “gather intelligence”, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) held a series of naval drills at the South China port in Hainan Province to enhance its coastal capabilities. 

On April 28, Beijing claims to have expelled US guided-missile destroyerUSS Barry, after it trespassed into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands. “We followed and monitored its course, identified the ship, warned and expelled it,” said Senior Colonel Li Huamin, a spokesperson of the PLA Southern Theater Command. 

John Supple, a Pentagon spokesman, has denied these series of events and said that at no point were U.S. warships ‘expelled’ from the South China Sea.

The Chinese forces had impacted the U.S. ships’ movements during “two successful freedom of navigation operations” — including one involving the guided-missile destroyer, USS Barry. Both had “started and ended at a time and place of our choosing,” said Supple.  

The South China sea serves as a gateway to global sea routes and has been a bone of contention between China and Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.

The US, which sides with Beijing’s rivals in the maritime dispute, routinely sends warships and warplanes to the South China Sea to assert what it calls “right to freedom of navigation”, stimulating tensions among the regional countries.

These exercises came at a time when the US has been sending warships and aircraft into the South China Sea with increasing frequency, even as the US Navy has been struggling to deal with COVID-19 outbreak.

China claims that its counter efforts are in response to all the “military provocations” including the USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest warships, which was removed recently due to the ongoing pandemic but is scheduled to be deployed to the Pacific in summer. 

China has also reported having conducted exercises with the warships of the PLA Navy 35th Escort Task group. The destroyer Taiyuan, frigate Jingzhou and replenishment ship Chaohu conducted anti-piracy and live-fire shooting training in the South China Sea. An anti-submarine aircraft under the PLA Southern Theater Command Navy has also conducted patrol and anti-submarine missions. 

China has also criticised the US Navy’s proposal to send privately owned armed vessels commissioned by the state, reviving the 18th-century practice of awarding privateers letters of marque to prey on foreign vessels.

The PLA Senior Colonel Wu Qian slammed this move and said that these actions are criminal activities explicitly prohibited under international laws, which will receive joint opposition and a severe backlash from the international community.




F-15EX-india F-15EX-india
Featured2 hours ago

No More Rafales! Why Indian Air Force Could Reject Second Batch Of Dassault Rafale Jets?

As the Indian Air Force (IAF) looks to further bolster its aerial fleet after the successful acquisition of French Dassault...

Americas7 hours ago

US To Re-Impose Biting UN Sanctions On Iran Despite Global Objections

The US will reimpose biting UN sanctions on Iran that were removed as part of a 2015 nuclear pact struck...

Featured8 hours ago

Not J-20s, China Could Field Another ‘Stealth Jet’ To Counter US’ F-35s, Indian Rafales

As tensions boil over Taiwan, the US and China have ramped up efforts in the field of defense innovation as...

army-soldiers army-soldiers
Featured9 hours ago

Amid Afghan Peace Talks, Two Pakistan Army Soldiers Ambushed Near Afghanistan Border

 Two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Saturday in a clash with suspected militants near the country’s northwestern border with...

Chinese-Military-Base Chinese-Military-Base
Asia Pacific18 hours ago

Is China Threatening To Shoot-Down ‘Civilian Airlines’ Operating Over The South China Sea?

China has warned the US after it flew its ‘spy planes’ over the South China Sea several times electronically disguising...

Demonetization-Narendra-Modi Demonetization-Narendra-Modi
Featured19 hours ago

Narendra Modi Second Indian Prime Minister To Win Ig Nobel Prize 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for 2020 for ‘Medical Education’. The award is...

CPEC-Project CPEC-Project
Featured22 hours ago

India vs Pakistan: Why Are India’s COVID-19 Cases Inflating While Pakistan Has Almost Overcome The Pandemic?

While India has literally been brought to its knees by the COVID-19 pandemic with almost 100,000 cases reported daily, the...

Sheikh-Mujibur-Rahman-Movie Sheikh-Mujibur-Rahman-Movie
Featured22 hours ago

India, Bangladesh, Agree To Enhance Border Patrol, Curb Border Killings

India and Bangladesh on Saturday agreed to launch joint border patrols to curb killings and crimes. in the border region....

Featured1 day ago

Has The Indian Army Captured ‘Pious’ Mount Kailash From China?

An image of the Indian Army soldiers near the sacred Mount Kailash is being shared on social media which is...

US-Drone-Strike US-Drone-Strike
Americas1 day ago

US Looks To Replace Its Deadly MQ-9 Reaper Drones & Northrop Unveils A New ‘Breakthrough’ Concept

As the U.S. Air Force seeks a replacement for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, US defense giants Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman...