British media said the Chinese navy to enhance confidence in the South China Sea territorial claims can be supported
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cutting-edge British International Institute for Strategic Studies Network October 18 article, the original question: the Chinese navy’s three strategic
PLA navy took part in more than 2010 exercises the exercise of the remote launch capabilities, and represent the country overseas diplomatic visit several times. These positive actions from the Navy’s ambitious strategy – to Beijing to obtain energy and enhance its territorial disputes with neighboring countries in the diplomatic influence and service.
military investment with China will turn to the Navy, in the past 20 years of reform and modernization of military capabilities in research and development continues to mature and military industrial base to become the Navy’s weapon. China’s current naval strategy includes three: In order to achieve the deterrent purposes of training and military exercises, drills remote launch capability, access to ports and bilateral cooperation as the basis of military diplomacy.
2010, the Chinese Navy and Coast Guard unusual frequency and intensity of exercise. Different from the past, this year’s exercise stress battle scene of “authenticity.” Coastal defense, rapid mobilization and remote delivery is the focus of these exercises. Exercises that the Chinese Navy submarine, surface and air deployment of operational flexibility has reached new heights. Chinese Navy is confident the implementation of longer voyages sailing.
strained situation in the South China Sea on the occasion, but also long-distance for combined military exercises send a clear deterrent to neighboring signal that Beijing has the ability and willingness, flexibility and comprehensive naval forces to launch the South China Sea.
Although China has actively participated in UN peacekeeping operations, in most cases are limited to non-combat troops. However, since December 2008, China began to deploy warships to participate in the Gulf of Aden to fight pirates action. Chinese Navy will also be training these officers and the military action as the opportunity to test equipment.
military deployment by the Chinese navy received a lot of experience, and overcome the many logistical problems. Due to lack of supply ports for the first time to participate in China’s fleet to escort the supply of fresh food experience problems affecting the efficiency of the fleet. Today, China Fleet has been able to Djibouti, Yemen, Oman, Salalah and Aden for supplies.
Beijing is aware that, to enhance deterrence and highlights the efforts of long-range delivery capability may lead to alert neighbors. Therefore, the Navy’s third point is the strategic military diplomacy. Beijing’s goal is to establish the Asia-Pacific region and beyond bilateral and multilateral relations, to quell the dispute with neighboring countries, neighboring countries to strengthen and reduce the possibility of military relations with the United States.
the most flexible and outward as the PLA troops, the Navy proved to be useful to show channels of China’s soft power. After the completion of Somalia to escort, “Guangzhou” to enter the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal, Egypt, Greece and Italy to visit the port. After the ship to visit Myanmar in diplomatic visit to Singapore after the successful conclusion of the journey. These military and diplomatic efforts remains to be seen. However, after displaying an additional goodwill gesture, “hard currency” in place, China’s military diplomacy have achieved good results.
strategy for the future despite the Chinese navy blue ocean from the 2050 goal of becoming a long way off, but the development of the Navy may be at least the next decade, China’s foreign and defense policy center. Beijing may be used to support the growing naval power in the East China Sea and South China Sea territorial claims. In foreign affairs, China’s naval strategy has made a limited but tangible results. With the increase in actual combat experience, the Chinese navy’s confidence gradually increased. (Evans translation)
(“Global Times” October 19, 2010 No. 06 version)