China Launches Massive Military Drills "In Preparation For War"

Just hours after the latest close military encounter between the US and China, when the US navy sailed a destroyer to within 12 nautical miles of the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as a "freedom of navigation" operation - a move that China condemned as a "severe provocation" just as the two countries launched an all-out trade war - the Chinese military launched its spring combat readiness drills with an air force exercise in the West Pacific and a joint combat patrol mission in the South China Sea.

The air force drills include H-6K bombers and Su-30 and Su-35 fighters, according to the PLA , and have a simple, if clear, purpose: "Air Force exercises are rehearsals for future wars and are the most direct preparation for war," the Chinese Air Force said on its Weibo account on Sunday, according to Reuters.

"The more exercises China practices far from its shores the better it will be positioned as an important force for managing and controlling crises, containing war and winning battles", it added.

A Chinese Su-35

Additionally, the PLA Navy is holding drills in the South China Sea to test the navy's combat readiness, China Central Television reported on Friday. It quoted the PLA Navy as saying the drills are routine and do not target any country, although the message had one clear recipient: USA.

"The South China Sea and East China Sea will be primary battlegrounds. The PLA is committed to be battle-ready through simulated combat training," Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday.

"The 2018 drills will be routine and will be held every month, unlike in previous years," Song said, adding that drills were usually held in spring and autumn.

The Global Times reported that "the drills come as the situation in the South China Sea stabilizes." However, the Chinese state-owned nationalist paper added that "some nations are still trying to stir up regional disputes, Wang Xiaopeng, a maritime border expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Sunday." 

Although the drills do not target any specific country, they are focused on enhancing China's capability to safeguard the country's sovereignty, Wang said.

News of the drills comes a day after the USS Mustin came within 12 nautical miles of Meiji Reef in the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, has urged the army at all levels to enhance military training oriented to combat readiness and to put military training at a strategic position and as the central work with effective results, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Xi called on the armed forces to enhance targeted and adversarial training, improve actual combat ability, and firmly grasp the capability to win battles.

The Air Force even released a photo of a Su-30 fighter jet on Sino Weibo during its drills. The caption read, "It's spring time. Let's spread the wings across the ocean." By releasing the photo, the PLA Air Force demonstrated its confidence in the open-sea training and the use of weapons, Song said.

The routine military drills in 2018 will focus more on the use of high-end weapons, especially in an electromagnetic environment, as well as on combined forces training, Song added. 

As a strategic force, the air force has extended its activities from inland to the deep ocean, it said on Weibo. The air force has become a key force in shaping situations, controlling crises, constraining wars and winning battles, it said.

And so with the US and China already engaged in escalating trade war, it appears that Beijing is preparing for the next step.

Comments

peopledontwanttruth D.T.Barnum Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:05 Permalink

If you were China Russia and especially Iran 

Wouldn't you be preparing for war?

The jury is in, this isn't Dec 6th and they're TRYING to say they don't know where Japan's aircraft carriers are at.  They all know what the USA is capable of and about to do.   

They all know it's about the dollars END.  

This is a madman losing his money and bullying rights 

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peopledontwanttruth Hugh_Jorgan Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:14 Permalink

I agree and just like anything that's called from rain today snow.  Boston to the Cubs winning the WS to the Eagles winning the SB, eventually it does happen.  

There's a lot of evidence this war will happen.  The nuts are truly running the asylum now.  There's to much evidence and proof via the media, hacking or international spying that there's no fooling EVERYONE with propaganda.  

The world has caught on 

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Baron von Bud peopledontwanttruth Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:59 Permalink

The South China Sea is the ideal place for America to learn to stay the f#$k out of other nations' business. Let China, Philippines, Brunei, and Malaysia sort it out or shoot it out among themselves. Otherwise, some US ships will get sunk, John Bolton will scream for war, and Russia's automated nuke subs will submerge America's east coast up to 400 miles inland with radioactive cobalt. Easy choice to make unless you're insane.

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house biscuit beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 12:44 Permalink

What's wrong spam lady, used cars not selling today?

The demons of war are already here

Some reasonable people say WWIII is underway: silent weapons being used to wage a quiet war

As the legend goes, instead of bullets, TPTB are firing scenarios & hoaxes

Instead of bombs, there are false flags & central bank collusion

If the end result is the slow genocide of a people, a culture & a way of life, does the delivery method matter?

 

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JamesinNM BigCumulusClouds Sun, 03/25/2018 - 14:35 Permalink

Exactly why Gaddafi was murdered. He was working to establish an African Union with gold backed dinar and only sell resources of Africa for gold. Time now for every nation to be free and sovereign with bilateral trade agreements in the currency of their choice or time to destroy all life on earth and let God separate the sugar from the sh_t. Bring it on. All evil will suffer the second death and burn forever.

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peopledontwanttruth IridiumRebel Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

I agree it can't hurt being prepared to whatever degree one can.  

I do see differences with this situation like no other. That may not matter. 

The use of nuclear weapons that make the two in August of 45 look like M-80s. 

The completely anti God atmosphere so prevalent among people with no regard for life, the law of nature and decency    Where pillaging will be a daily right out of the gate situation with tens of millions doing it and perhaps even the police to military leading the way  

The end of money aka currency as we know it where nothing you have of value will really have a value   

 

Were not in Kansas anymore Toto 

 

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Sabibaby IridiumRebel Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:38 Permalink

Been holding gold and BAGS of silver and since 2006, at least the gold appreciated. Guns appreciated too but all of it takes up too much space. Back then it was Peak Oil, Petro-Dollar collapse, Greatest Depression, WWIII, now it's China -which I fully believe to be the end game but it will be very slow, like after I'm dead.

 

Convinced myself hold onto the numismatic coins Panda/Kukaburra/Mapple Leaf/Philharmonic/Kugerrand and ditch the rest when the silver hits triple digits but it may not be in my lifetime...

 

"stocking up" was hobby now it's a hassle.

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jmack Sabibaby Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:57 Permalink

melt the silver you dont want, mold it into crosses, then market it to the vampire crazed zombies, or mold it into chintzy pirate rings a la johnny deps rings on pirates of the carribean and sell it to art show booth dealers or online.  should get a mark up that at least pays for the spread, if you didnt buy it up above $30 per ounce at least.

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east of eden Sabibaby Sun, 03/25/2018 - 12:49 Permalink

Yep, agreed. Did some 'nuke mapping' yesterday and aside from storing some blankets and water in my car, having national cash on hand, plus a little gold an silver, in case of a nuclear attack, my best option would be to just get in my car and drive as fast as I can, west. Even considering a 800KT hit on my home city, I only need to get 6 km west to be outside the 'burn zone'. What happens with the pressure wave is anybody's guess. I suppose it would depend on whether it was a surface detonation or an air detonation. Maybe me and my car will end up on the top of someone's roof, if I'm lucky.

Whatever happens after that, who knows.

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HRClinton IridiumRebel Sun, 03/25/2018 - 14:07 Permalink

Concur. In fact, I posted a similar sentiment yesterday...

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HRClinton lolmao500 Sat, 03/24/2018 - 16:15 Permalink

For those of you who've refreshed your memories of the prelude to WW-I, this feels a lot like the spring of 1914.

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The point is... It' disconcerting when an increasing number of people get the same eerie feeling/premonition.  Better to be prepared than not.

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Citxmech HRClinton Sun, 03/25/2018 - 14:27 Permalink

The great thing about getting "prepared," whether it was needed or not at the time, is that once you have completed any particular step, you're done.  Start basic, and move your way slowly into resiliency.  I look at it like purchasing insurance that only costs you one time and never expires.  Even consumables work that way as you can take advantage of an economy of scale and work your stores on a rotation.

 

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HRClinton peopledontwanttruth Sun, 03/25/2018 - 13:13 Permalink

True, but it goes deeper than that: if the USD loses its GRC status, then beloved Israel will no longer have unlimited funds. And anything can happen after that. 

That is the real fear of all the DualCitizens and Israel Firsters in the US and UK.

(The US itself will be fine, after a period of adaption. It's the Zio Global-Lusts who try to conflate America's future with Israel's future, when the USD loses its unique Global status. It's a clever hypnotic suggestion, a Jedi Mind Trick.)

Got clarity? Got perspective? Try to keep it when others aren't. 

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