- China Launches Massive Military Drills “In Preparation For War”
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
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.