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Military Expert: Upcoming Military Exercises in East China Sea “Tailored to Taiwan Independence Forces”

Huanqiu reported that the PLA will conduct large scale military exercises in the East China Sea from 8:00 a.m. on July 18 to 6:00 p.m. on July 23 lasting about six days. Eighteen days ago, the Ministry of Defense made an advance announcement about the exercises. One military expert told Huanqiu that “the military exercises are live exercises that are tailored to the ‘Taiwan independence’ forces.” The article claimed that these are routine military exercises that have been conducted in the same region every year. An expert who asked for anonymity told Huanqiu on the 17th that, based on an analysis of the published information, the exercises are expected to be high level military exercises because they will last for six days, cover a large region, and involve different types of military forces and weapons. Since the Navy is leading them, generally speaking, all three major fleets will have their troops participate. This will include the navy, marines, air force, rocket army, and the support forces.

Source: Huanqiu, July 17, 2018

Ministry of Defense: Renting Taiping Island to the U.S. Is a Dangerous Idea

Global Times recently reported that the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Defense, Wu Qian, commented at a press conference that the idea that the Taiwanese military could rent Taiping Island to the U.S. military was a very dangerous one. The comment was based on some media reports indicating such a possibility. Taiping Island is the largest of the naturally occurring Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Taiwan currently controls the island. However, China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam all have claimed sovereignty. Earlier reports suggested that some Taiwanese military think-tank provided the idea. The rental to the U.S. military would be under the name of humanitarian rescue missions. Wu Qian said the Chinese government is strongly against this idea and has the determination as well as the capability to defend China’s sovereignty. Taiping Island is the size of 70 soccer fields and is 860 nautical miles from Southern Taiwan. Currently Taiwan has around 200 troops guarding the island. The Taiwanese government later clarified that there was no such official plan.

Source: Global Times, June 28, 2018

China Has Slowly Obtained South China Sea Control

The well-known Chinese newspaper in North America, the World Journal, recently published a commentary on the South China Sea. The commentary started with pointing out that, while the world’s attention has been on trade wars and the North Korean nuclear talks, China has consistently been increasing its military presence in the South China Sea. Analysts expressed the belief that China must have surmised that, no matter how upset the United States became, it would not start a real war with China over the South China Sea issues. China has been deploying military equipment in the South China Sea for quite some time now. That includes communication equipment, radar interference facilities and air defense missiles. Although the U.S. warned about “serious consequences” on China’s continuous militarization activities, China did not seem to stop its plan. China’s ultimate goal has been to change the status quo in the South China Sea. Quietly, it has largely achieved that goal in a short period of time – to the point that China has obtained actual control of that region without winning a naval war against the U.S.

Source: World Journal, June 3, 2018

China’s Second Aircraft Carrier Will Soon Have Its First Sea Trial

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that China’s second aircraft carrier is scheduled for its initial sea trial in about two weeks. Leaked photos showed that its phased array radar installation reached completion. The sea trial date is likely to be around China’s Naval Army Day (April 23). Chinese Naval experts explained that the new and fully domestically designed carrier will not serve as a training vessel. Instead, it will be a combat vessel. The carrier is also to gain more design experience for the next one. However, this upcoming new carrier will not deploy catapult take-off technology because China’s carrier aircraft still needs improvements. Also, if a carrier were to use electromagnetic ejection technology, it would require high electric power, which may be too difficult for a conventionally powered carrier. The new carrier has tens of millions of parts. The full cycle of preparation, design, research, and development, as well as construction will require highly comprehensive experience to mature.

Source: Sina, April 9, 2018

Chinese Lieutenant General Boasts about China Taking over Taiwan in Three Days

China’s state media, the Global Times, published an article that Former Vice Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang, wrote boasting about China taking over Taiwan in three days with “six fighting means.” The article is related to the U.S. Congress having recently passed the “Taiwan Travel Act.” The six fighting means include the following:

The first is firepower. During the preparation phase, the three waves of firepower assaults are based on artillery missiles, plus three waves of aviation firepower supplements. According to computer simulations, one-third of Taiwan’s important targets should be destroyed, and other important targets and general targets should be suppressed, making them lose their functions within 48 hours.

The second is hitting the targets. The U.S. military determined that there are more than 700 strike targets in North Korea (1.2 million troops). Taiwan’s military has only about 200,000 troops, so at best it will have 200 to 300 targets. The military objectives in Taiwan have two characteristics that make them easy to beat. One is that they are concentrated; the other is that they are exposed.

The third is a three-dimensional battle. The fourth is information (including an electromagnetic network) warfare. The fifth is special operations. Our military has a special warfare division in each war region. It is a good opportunity for practicing fighting used in Taiwan. The sixth is psychological (including the law and public opinion) warfare.

The article concluded that after the joint, sustained and fierce attack of the ‘six means of warfare,’ ‘Taiwan independence’ forces could be sustained for no more than three days.

Source: Global Times, March 27, 2018

Xinhua: What Is the Mystery behind the U.S.’s Revision of Its Nuclear Strategy?

Xinhua published an article in its military section, “analyzing” the United States’ new strategic plan for its nuclear technology. The article stated, “The United States has recently hinted that it will revise its nuclear strategy. Specifically, it is developing tactical nuclear weapons while loosening up the conditions for the use of tactical nuclear weapons and even issuing threats about using tactical nuclear weapons. Why is the U.S. revising its nuclear strategy?” “To sum it up, the United States’ revision of its nuclear strategy is to make full use of existing technological advantages to improve its strategic position (in the world). This is the same means that the United States has always used.”

The article continued, “At present, the United States has turned its attention to the field of nuclear technology. Nuclear technology is a double-edged sword. Using this advantage will have benefits and it will have a significant impact on the U.S. and even on the world. Although the United States has only talked about its nuclear plan, it has a long way to go to implement it in a concrete way. It already has this intention, which indicates that the United States has already had to use its technological advantage with a double-edged sword to create its own strategic status. This also shows that, in recent years, the United States has been in a state of distress in the fields of technology, capital, and comprehensive national power. At the same time, it also shows that the United States is currently dissatisfied with its strategic position in the world and hopes to use a field with technological advantages to improve its strategic situation in a more powerful way. The state of Russia in previous years is similar to the current state of the United States. In those years, Russia was once in rapid decline in its national strength. The core element to maintain its status as a major power is nuclear power. The United States has also fallen into the use of nuclear advantages to maintain its strategic advantage. This is the mystery behind the United States’ nuclear strategy.”

Source: Xinhua, February, 9, 2018

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