China sends fighter jets and bombers near Taiwan in latest show of force

 

China sent fighter jets and other military aircraft near Taiwan Friday in the latest of a series of drills which Beijing has said are aimed at the island’s “independence forces”.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said multiple H-6K bombers, reconnaissance planes and transport aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan’s Okinawa Island, in a drill Friday morning. Continue reading

Chinese jets carry out multiple drills around Taiwan

 

Chinese jets conducted drills near Taiwan’s airspace on Wednesday for the sixth time this month, as relations between the two rivals worsen.

China sees self-governed Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified at some point — by military force, if necessary.

The two sides split after a civil war in 1949. Although Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy, it has never formally declared independence. Continue reading

PLA air force vows to continue training and patrols over East and South China seas

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File pictures released by the Chinese air force on Sunday show a PLA H-6K bomber and two J-11 fighter jets on an unspecified training mission. Photo: Chinese air force.

 

The mainland Chinese air force said on Thursday it would continue training and patrols in the air space over the East and South China seas, following recently intensified drills that have rattled Taiwan and Japan.

The People’s Liberation Army air force would keep training and patrolling the air space in accordance with its schedule, spokesman Shen Jinke said.

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PLA Navy conducts drill in western Pacific

A training drill involving PLA Navy airplanes and warships was conducted east of the Bashi Channel in the Western Pacific June 10, the People’s Daily reported, citing a military spokesperson.

Chinese navy spokesperson Liang Yang said the ships and aircraft carried out several exercises simulating real combat conditions in waters east of the Bashi Channel, situated between the south of Taiwan and the Philippines. Continue reading

PLA Navy to carry out drills, exercises in Bashi Channel

The official Weibo micro blog page of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy announced this week that since 2012, the Miyakato Strait near Japan and the Bashi Channel near Taiwan and the Philippines, have been designated as an area for routine drills and exercises.

The announcement marks a departure for the PLA Navy, which had previously conducted most of its activities in the Miyakato Strait, which is located between Japan and Taiwan.

The Bashi Channel is a waterway that is part of the Luzon Strait in the Pacific Ocean. It’s situated between outlying islands of Taiwan and the Philippines and serves as a natural but often-disputed border between the two nations. Continue reading

PLA H-6 bombers conduct first drill in Western Pacific

H-6 strategic bombers of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force have conducted an exercise in the airspace of the Western Pacific for the first time, according to the state run China News Service on Mar. 30. Continue reading

China Holds Landing Exercises in Disputed Seas

BEIJING (AP) — China’s increasingly powerful navy paid a symbolic visit to the country’s southernmost territorial claim deep in the South China Sea this week as part of military drills in the disputed Spratly Islands involving amphibious landings and aircraft.

The four-ship task force is headed next to the Pacific Ocean for deep-sea exercises via the Bashi Channel separating Taiwan and the Philippines, Xinhua said. Continue reading