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China air force in large-scale drill amid tensions


BEIJING—China’s air force has staged one of its largest-ever drills amid heightened tensions with Japan and Beijing’s southern neighbors over territorial claims, state media reported Friday.

The air combat exercises involving more than 100 pilots were held over 11 days last month in the vast northwestern region of Xinjiang, according to the website of the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily and other official news outlets.

Pilots practiced engaging in dog fights and countering electro-magnetic interference, the reports said.

Aircraft taking part came from 14 separate units and included China’s most modern jet fighters, the J-10 and J-11, along with older models and two-seater Sukhoi Su-30s purchased from Russia, the reports said.

The exercises are a vivid demonstration of China’s vastly improved military capabilities that have unnerved other Asian nations and spur a renewed US focus on the region. The Global Times newspaper published by People’s Daily called them the largest in recent years in both firepower and numbers of aircraft, and said they also involved large numbers of technicians and experts on missiles, radar and other related technologies.

They came amid stepped-up sea patrols around East China Sea islands claimed by China but controlled by Japan that followed an explosion of violent anti-Japanese protests across China in September.

Beijing has dispatched China Marine Surveillance vessels almost daily to confront Japanese Coast Guard cutters around the uninhabited rocks north of Taiwan, known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Taiwan, which calls the islands Diaoyutai, also claims them.

The drills also follow renewed feuding between China and other claimants to islands and maritime territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Aggressive patrolling by Chinese vessels has prompted Vietnam and the Philippines to bolster their forces with additional ships, planes, and submarines, and has drawn in the US, which insists on free navigation through the region of crucial shipping lanes and rich fishing stocks and undersea mineral wealth.

While the exercises were being held, China’s navy also for the first time launched and recovered aircraft from the country’s first aircraft carrier, a refurbished Ukrainian craft that will be armed with J-15 fighter-bombers, a Chinese adaptation of the Russian Sukhoi Su-33.

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  • TheGreatLieofChina2012

    Another complicating factor in the competing territorial claims in the South China Sea is that Beijing itself has left ambiguous exactly what the “nine-dash line” on Chinese maps of the region implies. The line, which loops south along Vietnam and back up by the Philippines, appears to delineate China’s territorial claims.
    But it’s not so simple. Carlyle Thayer, a South China Sea specialist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said in 26 academic conferences he has attended in the past two years, repeated questions to multiple Chinese scholars about just what the line means yielded no clear answer.
    “No one in China can tell you what that means,” he said. “You have competing actors all backing Chinese sovereignty in an area where no one knows where it is, so it’s inherently ambiguous.”
    Chinese government agencies had different opinions, said a senior diplomat, who has been assigned to a Southeast Asian embassy in Beijing.
    “China does not even have the exact coordinates of its expansive claim in the area, making it quite difficult to determine where its claims begin and end,” he said. “We have been asking them for their exact coordinates and they cannot present them to us.”
    Ambiguity may, some analysts argue, leave Beijing a little wiggle room to make some compromises should the disputes escalate, as diplomats in the region now fear they may. But “on the other hand,” said Thayer, “they are under extraordinary pressure” now to communicate clearly and specifically what China’s position is.
    The government has recognised the need for better coordination, but progress is likely to be halting at best.
    For the foreseeable future, the new leadership under Communist Party boss Xi Jinping would focus mostly on domestic issues, with foreign policy taking a back seat, said Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, author of the International Crisis Group’s report on China’s South China Sea policy.
    “In that context, we are going to pretty much expect to see no substantial changes in China’s foreign policy.” (Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina in Beijing, Manny Mogato in Manila and Ho Binh Minh in Hanoi; Editing by Bill Powell and Nick Macfie) Yahoo news

  • TheGreatLieofChina2012

    Carlyle Thayer, a South China Sea specialist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said in 26 academic conferences he has attended in the past two years, repeated questions to multiple Chinese scholars about just what the line means yielded no clear answer.
    “No one in China can tell you what that means,” he said. “You have competing actors all backing Chinese sovereignty in an area where no one knows where it is, so it’s inherently ambiguous.”
    Chinese government agencies had different opinions, said a senior diplomat, who has been assigned to a Southeast Asian embassy in Beijing.

  • seweldy

    China is the biggest thief of them all when it comes to stealing Intellectual property from other nations…and still products made in China are among the lowest in quality… they put anti-freeze in toothpaste and market it around the world… they feed the Chinese babies poisioned milk…they pollute so much… industry is ordered close so the air is halfway fit to breathe for the Olympics 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7FFMJF22R36STIZWHQTZILPKM RatsadaBlues

      I agree they are the dirtiest people on earth, they should be nuke ASAP 

  • seweldy

    What PROC Navy? ….OH…1 aircraft carrier ….the first airplane was able to land on the ship…makes headlines in China…Lol!!!!

  • bugoybanggers

    Kaya nating magpakawala ng mga 10,000 bangka sa buong karagatan ng SPRATLY. Dumugin ang CHINESE MARITIME SHIP o kahit sumampa pa sa mga BARKO ng Mangingisdang TSEKWA. Kung kulang pa ang 10,000 dadagan pa kahit 1MILLION kaya iyan (sa dami ba naman ng walang TRABAHO o estambay). Ano ngayon? Mamumutaktak ng mga MAKABAGONG BANGKA ang karagatan ng SOUTH CHINA SEA. Kung sa banggaan? Aba PINOY takot? aba TAKOT nga! eh di IIWAS. ano pa ba ang gagawin? Ano siritan ng TUBIG? Laban tayo diyan, lahat ng bangka may dala parating TABO.. eh di sabuyan na kung sabuyan. Ano ngayon? Sugod mga MANLALARO ng DOTA!

  • kimo211

    puro  tayo  satsat,,,,mga  kabayan,,,,,action  at  suporta   ang  kailangan  nang  pinas   government…..to  build   and  upgrade  the   pinas   defense,,,,will  sopport   them,,,pero  kailangan   munang  ipakita  ng pinas   kong  papaano  nila  gagamitin   ang  tulong na  ipinanadala  sa  kanila.

  • verondecesero

    What China is doing now is great so that all government oficials of all the nations  in the Pacific realms will be awakened and could start reading and study the speeches of Rev. Sun Myung Moon about the Age of the Pacific Realm dated in year 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969,1970, 1971, 1972, 1974,1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983,1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 ….Rev. Moon explained how the civilization started and  moved to the West and now going to the East and unite the East-West civilizations, culture, and its Providencial purposes to build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. As well as, Rev. Moon explained the movement of waters,  where all the waters all around the world end up and stay peaceful into Pacific Ocean. That´s why, all the tiny countries along the Pacific Ocean realm should unite in order to attain world peace. Why, b´cuz,  it is inevitable that selfish giant countries have always their egoistic desire to conquer small, weak countries like China w/ a communist ideology. If all tiny countries in the Pacific realm will unite, they could have more strength compared to a  big, one giant country. Also, it is now the time to recognize the sisterhood of every country. Like for example, Philippines was discovered by Ferdinand Magillan, a Portuguese in March 15, 1521. Brasil was discovered also by Portugal in 1500. Therefore, Philippines is a younger sister nation of Brasil. In that case, the diplomatic relationship of Philippines and Brasil should be strengthened. Brasil as one of a giant peaceful and loving  country for sure could protect a younger small sister country. And for sure China could respect for that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7JNGGBFLUWGL6PPX2LEQNDNMI4 Summaster

    Hahahaha! Does China ned to attack, conquer and rule those 10 hopelessly small ASEAN COUNTRIES? No, of course NOT! These 10 miserable small countries are really not worth China’s attack. Moreover, all these countries already have millions of Chinese.
    China is focused fully on building up itself to be the most advanced and most properous country in the world. It has a strong army, become the supreme lender to the US, plenty of oil and gas from the Middle East, Africa, Russia and S America. Much of the world’s iron is shipped to China. It has a huge pile of gold and Silver. You think China wants the Philippines just to give it money or to grab Filipino ladies to be concubines?  Hohoho, perish the thought!

    The Vietnamese tthink that China has no rice. China should cut off ALL trade with Vietnam. Before you know it, Vietnam will be a colony of bankrupt America. Intellectual property has the Philippines? China does not need to get anything intellectual from America. You’ll be shocked to death if you know how many US companies have fled to China with equipment, knowhow, funds and all sort to rtechnology. So China really needs not acquire/steal them. These US companies are producing in China, employing Chinese workers and paying tax to China’s government – in short there are Chinese! Those profits repatriated back to the US are often re-invested in China. The US knows it but it just can’t stop them!

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