China to conduct biggest air exercises in West Pacific


BEIJING: China is all set to hold biggest exercise in high seas of West Pacific to indicate its growing air power over the disputed South China Sea and the contentious islands in East China Sea. 

Shen Jinke, representative of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said the armada, including H-6K aircraft, Su-30 contenders and air tankers, directed surveillance and early cautioning, assaults on ocean surface targets, and in-flight refueling to test the Air Force's battling limit on the high oceans.

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Aircraft and contenders of the PLA Air Force likewise directed routine watch in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), state-run Xinhua news organization reported.

China built up ADIZ three years back over the East China Sea as it ventured its cases over the questioned islands called Senkakus which are under the control of Japan.

This is the greatest air practices led by China after the July decision of the global tribunal which struck down Beijing's cases over all most the majority of the South China Sea.

Shen said routine drills in the West Pacific and watches in the East China Sea ADIZ are led "as per the necessities of the Air Force to shield national sway and security, and in addition to keep up tranquil improvement".

Since the East China Sea ADIZ was set up about three years prior, the PLA Air Force has kept standard watches.

The Air Force will keep watching in the East China Sea. It will continue leading different preparing to enhance its battle limit, Shen said.

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