Mon, 23 May 2022

Beijing [China], May 9 (ANI): In a recent attempt to provoke Japan and US, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has reportedly been practising intensively in the Philippine Sea over the past few days.

According to local media, the PLA reportedly dispatched an increased number of different types of warplanes and additional warships from the Chinese mainland west of the island of Taiwan, effectively surrounding and enclosing the island.

After reporting a PLA Navy flotilla, consisting of the aircraft carrier Liaoning, a Type 055 large destroyer, sailed from the East China Sea through the Miyako Strait to the Pacific Ocean on May 2, for five consecutive days from Wednesday to Sunday, reports added.

As its drills went on, the Liaoning carrier group sailed slowly closer to the island of Taiwan, reports said.

Taiwan's defence authority reported significant increases in PLA warplane activities to the island's southwest and southeast in terms of both aircraft types and sortie numbers from Thursday to Sunday, Global Times reported.

A total of 31 PLA aircraft sorties featuring H-6 bombers, J-11 and J-16 fighter jets, KJ-500 early warning aircraft, Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft and electronic warfare aircraft, as well as Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters were spotted by Taiwan's defence authority during those days.

Japan's Ministry of Defense Joint Staff said that the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force dispatched the Izumo, a de-facto aircraft carrier, to monitor the PLA carrier group.

According to the Fleet and Marine Tracker by the news website of the US Naval Institute, US Navy's Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group was also operating in the Philippine Sea at least as of May 2.

Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan despite the separate two sides being governed separately for more than seven decades. Taipei continues to counter the Chinese aggression by increasing strategic ties with democracies including the US. (ANI)

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