China demonstrates large-scale joint operation at South Sea
Published: 11:42 AM, 13 October 2020
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently demonstrated a large-scale joint operation at the country’s mainland southeastern coast amid the conflicts with the US over the South Sea Islands and increasingly rampant Taiwan secessionist moves.
According to China’s state-run media Global Times, the PLA’s aerial and naval exercises, which have continued for nearly a month, demonstrated the strong capability and firm against Taiwan secessionists and push for reunification.
The exercises featured concentrated deployments of unmanned aerial, surface and ground vehicles, which will significantly boost the PLA’s efficiency in seizing the control of an island, the Chinese mainland analysts said on Sunday.
The cross-service multidimensional exercises, that recently started in waters off the coast of East China’s Fujian and South China’s Guangdong provinces, by the PLA 73rd Group Army integrated with newly established forces including army aviation, special operation and electronic countermeasures units and comprehensively tested their combat capabilities in realistic war scenarios, the state broadcaster CCTV reported on Sunday.
A large number of amphibious landing ships were seen in the report footage transporting amphibious armored vehicles, tanks, artillery and troops to the target island.
Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday that the cross-sea amphibious landing is the most important strategy to “prepare for a military conflict against Taiwan”, which may be the only way to resolve the Taiwan question if it comes to that point.
“PLA must enhance related capabilities so it will become capable of taking over the island of Taiwan with the fastest speed,” Song said.
The PLA’s large-scale joint operations come at a time when Taiwan secessionists have been increasingly frequently making statements and moves to try to separate Taiwan from China, and the exercises showed the China military’s strong capability and firm will against Taiwan secessionists and push for reunification.
On the other hand, the US has been playing the Taiwan card, sending a warship to the waters off China’s Xisha Islands in the South China Sea on Friday without approval — a move that pressuring the PLA over its drills in the Taiwan Straits. They also increased the selling of weapons and sending senior officials to the island.
Source: Global Times