When we read the papers or turn on the television (for those of us who have television), hardly a day or two passes by without the mention of new (or ongoing) actions by the Chinese government in a military capacity. Within the past year alone, China has extended her reach steadily beyond her own territorial waters and nearby sea-lanes. She has participated in numerous exercises, some of them jointly with foreign nations. Anyone can clearly witness her aggressive, outwardly expanding policies regarding territory and flexing her muscle.
The most recent maneuver comes on the heels of the Russian actions in Syria. China (if you recall) just sent a carrier through the Suez Canal to support Russia’s actions, “against ISIL/ISIS”…whatever the boogeyman/Emmanuel Goldstein is currently labeled. In reality, China is forming a partnership in a power play that may hold dire ramifications for Western society. These ramifications are likely to be economic as well as military.
Joint exercises with Russia began on August 21, 2015, labeled as the “Sea Cooperation: 2015 (II) exercise. Russia was in charge of the operation that was held in the Sea of Japan just off the coast of Vladivostok, Russia. The Chinese sent five aircraft, six helicopters, and approximately 500 soldiers to participate in the exercises. The exercises lasted until August 28 and were the longest cooperative military exercises between China and Russia to date. The basic objective was to foster coordination and partnership in landing operations and seagoing/naval defenses. In this exercise, five Chinese fighter planes were permitted to cross the Russian border for the first time. Truly this represents a tremendous change between two countries that were in an undeclared state of war for more than half a century. The frightening thing is this silent objective lodged within the exercises: CONTINUE