Chinese military holds drills in South China Sea again: China-U.S. conflict could happen in the region

  • Editor: Victor Torres
  • Translator: Goodgo

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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is conducting military exercises in the southwest, south, southeast of Hainan Island for 10 days from eight a.m. on December 29, 2020 to 16 o’clock January 7, 2021. All ships are prohibited from entering the area, it said. According to the media, Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock LHD (Chinese amphibious assault ship), Type 055 destroyer (missile destroyers) and Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong are present in the South China Sea, they may conduct joint practice in the drill.

The relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the United States is heating up. They continue to compete on the issues of Taiwan and South China Sea. In recent years, the U.S. has been sending out warships and air crafts to and from the South China Sea frequently through the “Indo-Pacific strategy” and “Freedom of navigation”. Destroyer USS John S. McCain sailed near the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands on Tuesday, December 22. Two U.S. strategic bombers flew over the South China Sea on December 23. A U.S. Navy surveillance drone flew to the East China Sea, off the coast of southern Taiwan on December 27. A U.S. Navy surveillance drone was operating over the Hainan Island and South China Sea, U.S. military bombers flew over the South China Sea again.

The targeting implication of this CCP military exercise is also quite obvious. It was previously reported by the media that type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock LHD was parked in Sanya and Shandong sailed to the South China Sea for training. Type 055 destroyer was spotted in the South China Sea today. In other words, type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock LHD, type 055 destroyer and Shandong may hold joint exercises in the South China Sea.

In addition to the South China Sea, the United States has also been involved in Taiwan issue. The Congress has passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act to provide military support.

If a conflict arises between the United States and China, it is likely to occur in the South China Sea.

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