PLA H-6 bombers conduct first drill in Western PacificH-6 strategic bombers of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force have conducted an exercise in the airspace of the Western Pacific for the first time, according to the state run China News Service on Mar. 30. Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the PLA Air Force, confirmed the exercise at a press conference in Guangzhou and said the drill allowed the crew of the bombers to gain necessary experience carrying out mission over the open sea. Shen said the exercise did not target any country nor did it violate any international law. “It is common for the air force of every major power in the world to carry out exercises like this,” Shen said. Photos published by the PLA Air Force indicated the bombers taking part in the drill were the H-6K variant. Shen also said the bombers flew over the Bashi channel between Taiwan and the Philippines before reaching the airspace of the Pacific. FULL REPORT