Satellite Images Reveal "Massive Show Of Force" By 40 Chinese Warships, Aircraft Carrier

In what Reuters has dubbed a massive "show of force", dozens of Chinese warships have been observed on satellite imagery, exercising with an aircraft carrier and warplanes above the heavily-disputed South China Sea, as part of the previously noted  massive military drills, which the PLA ominously said were "in preparation for war."

The four images, provided by Planet Labs for Reuters confirms the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning joined the annual naval war drill earlier this week.

According to the Taiwan Defense & National Security ministry, late last week Taiwan sent two ships and military aircraft to shadow the Chinese aircraft carrier group through the narrow Taiwan Strait.

The images, taken on Monday by Planet Labs flock of miniature satellites, show at least forty naval vessels, submarines, and aircraft in what some military strategist “described as an unusually large display of the Chinese military’s growing naval might,” said Reuters.

Up to forty naval vessels can be seen in a line formation, while submarines flank the aircraft carrier called Liaoning labeled below.

Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), told Reuters: “It is an incredible picture. That is the big news to me. Confirmation that, yes, the carrier participated in the exercise.”

Liaoning, a Type 001 aircraft carrier, is the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force, a branch of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.

Some military strategists believe that China could use the carrier group and its militarized islands to defend its maritime territorial and exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as well as claims in the East China (ECS) and the South China Sea (SCS).

Collin Koh, a security expert at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told Reuters that the deployment of warships is “unusual for its size and scope.”

“Judging by the images, it does seem they are keen to show that elements of the South Sea Fleet are able to routinely join up with the carrier strike group from Dalian in the north,” he said.

“It does seem they want to show inter-fleet interoperability – something the (Chinese) navy has been quietly working on for some time.”

Koh further said the show of naval force was also accompanied by “destroyers, frigates and submarines” that would normally support a carrier group, the flotilla even included a “large oiler for re-supply as well as smaller corvettes and possibly fast attack catamarans.”

“While it highlights an extensive ability to deploy, we are still left to guess at China’s combat readiness,” Koh said. 

There are still many unknowns surrounding the final destination and duration of the exercise. Nevertheless, Marine Traffic shows that the drill is being conducted in some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

The drill comes amid increasing tensions in the South China Sea, with Vietnam, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan; which all have overlapping claims to the resource-rich waterway. Claims on the South China Sea explained below:

What does this all mean? For China to keep peace in the South China Sea, it requires Beijing to conduct continuous large-scale deterrence naval operations in the region. This will be the first of many such "deterrence" ops in which China will parade its massive fleet of warships throughout the heavily contested waters.

However, neither Beijing nor Washington want war in the region; at least for the foreseeable future. Still, China’s worst-case scenario, in which someone does take it on its dare, might have been realized with the new addition of President Trump’s new National Security Advisor John Bolton.

For that reason, the situation in the South China Sea will continue becoming tenser in the months ahead.


mobius8curve curbjob Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

Its all theater until the covenant is made and the trouble really begins:

Daniel 9:27  And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate.

Jeremiah 30:7  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.…

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FBaggins D503 Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

This is what we get from being run by the Rothschild cabal. They are the ones who directed their shills, Kissinger and Nixon, to open trade with and to industrialize China. They and their cronie investors were warned about likely huge trade imbalances and job losses to come plus the likely wakening of the sleeping dragon. However, the prospects of huge profits with low-cost labor far exceeded any national loyalty of the international banksters. This cabal is still hugely invested in China and still pulling financial strings everywhere.

They also are the principal backers of globalism, systematically deconstructing every Western nation with a plan for a One World Government enforcing a One World Bank reserve currency, which they will control, and which China will have a major interest. Part of the deal, which China demands, is the relaxation of China's borders allowing hundreds of millions of their "excess population" to migrate. These developments will certainly be good for China and at the same time will serve the interests of the global elites who control our fiances, media, major industries, and politics. However,  they will in effect likely reduce our nations to third-world status and dramatically shift military power to China. 

If we want a future where we control our own destinies then we have to take control of our own nations.  We have to begin by cutting more ties with China, balancing our trade, reducing our foreign debt, and halting offshoring of jobs, technology, innovations, and manufacturing.  Despite the facts that the Rothschild cabal is largely responsible for the installation of the communist government in China and the spread of communism throughout the world, while at the same time being at the centre of the Western capitalist establishment, China remains a totalitarian and repressive communist regime.  If liberty and basic individual human rights are central to any real advancement of civilization in the world, then the cabal has no business directly or indirectly building up China's military, or even investing in or trading with that nation in its present state. 

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Milton Keynes Shillinlikeavillan Wed, 03/28/2018 - 23:23 Permalink

But, they also have a lot of little strips on the spratleys.… 


Launch synchronized strikes off these islands and followup waves from the mainland and use the carrier to recover crippled birds and provide air cover for the cruisers/destroyers.  That's not exactly a bad strategy...  Especially if you have a wall of Silkworm missiles come out first....

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not dead yet The_Juggernaut Wed, 03/28/2018 - 17:18 Permalink

They will be laying on the bottom next to the US Navy ships. All surface ships are no more than future ship reefs on the bottom of the ocean if a large war breaks out. Carriers are only good for brush wars and against 3rd world shitholes. The age of the carrier and most naval ships is long dead yet the US thinking is back in the glory days of the 1940's and is building more multi billion dollar ship reefs, carriers, and wants to drastically expand it's already large surface fleet. The US Navy claims it is so large so as to keep the worlds sea lanes open. Yet for years the US couldn't spare a single ship or plane to stop the ship hijackings off Africa by dumb asses with an IQ of 3 in rubber boats.

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