Chinese Navy’s 055-class guided missile destroyer Nanchang takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, China, April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – China has started military exercises in both the East and South China Seas near coastal areas, according to two navigation restriction notices released by maritime safety authorities on Sunday and Monday.

The military exercises in the East China Sea started at 6 pm on Sunday, and is scheduled to conclude at 6 pm on Thursday, according to a Sunday notice released on the website of the Maritime Safety Administration of China.

According to coordinates provided in the notice, the restriction zone covers a large area not far from the east coast of Zhoushan and Taizhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province.

Another military activity is to take place in the South China Sea, off the coast of South China’s Guangdong Province, said a separate Maritime Safety Administration notice released on Monday.

This military activity started at 6 am on Monday and is expected to end at 6 pm on Friday, the notice released on Monday reads.

The two military activities are essentially taking place in waters north and west of the island of Taiwan.

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drills are annually scheduled, but some secessionists on the island have been making irresponsible comments, and the US, a major country from outside of the region, has been sending warships through the Taiwan Straits and even sold weapons to the island, so this week’s military drills could serve as a deterrent, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Monday.

Wei pointed out that this time the drills are being conducted in two different areas at almost the same time, which is a demonstration of the PLA’s strength, determination and capability to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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After the US approved a plan to sell $2.22 billion worth of arms to the island earlier this month, China’s Defense Ministry announced a military drill near the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland. It is not known if the two military activities mentioned by the Maritime Safety Administration are related to the drill announced earlier by the Defense Ministry.

Experts previously told the Global Times that the drills announced by the Defense Ministry are expected to be big, involve all military branches of the PLA, and serve as a warning to Taiwan secessionists.


Source: Global Times

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Moomin troll
2019-07-30 12:14

Should use the drills as cover and just take taiwan by force,close the sea lanes and remove the government, whats u.s. gonna do?

2019-07-30 17:32
Reply to  Moomin troll

Good idea. The US would just make threats and bluster.

2019-07-31 20:08
Reply to  Andrew

Yeah, threats on Taiwan to not use their orbital strike capability on China’s dams. In fact, it’s because of Taiwan that several big players are into creating space-forces. Thanks to China stupidity, Taiwan is not at the UN and so can’t sign international conventions. As a result, they prepared small satellites and small sat-launchers and these small sats have de-orbiting small boosters, heat-shields and guidance systems added to their civilian features. In fact, Taiwan is the first country with orbital strike capability. Some idea about the kinetic energy of a 50kg object re-entering the atmosphere, falling at 10km/s? 2.5 billions… Read more »

2019-07-31 03:12
Reply to  Moomin troll

Do anything they can to avoid PRC trigger its self destruction by acting really stupid since US own many factories in China? In fact, the Commies fear what ROC can do, and… they’re absolutely right to fear ROC desperate acts, and also the very nasty weapons ROC has in store… There are some advantages at being in the impossibility to sign any international treaty while you’re a 1st world nation… e.g. all the weapons that are banned for others are not so for you… The question should rather be… What PRC is ready to lose to conquer the 35,000 km²… Read more »