China is determined to show North Korea they are willing to match any show of force with one ten times as great. China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted a huge defensive military exercise on Tuesday morning just miles from the North Korean border. According to the Chinese military, the drills were conducted in preparation for surprise attacks to ensure the military is prepared to deploy a rapid response.
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Among the exercises were anti-aircraft defense battalions patrolling around the Bohai Sea which is the gulf controlled by Beijing that borders the larger Yellow Sea and separates China from the Korean Peninsula. China has made it clear they are ready to do whatever is necessary in response to any hostility from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The troops in the drill showed off their skill and ability to shoot down low-altitude missiles coming across the Bohai Sea. Beijing has called the retaliatory, show-of-force operation a success. A Chinese military website reported, "The troops’ rapid response capabilities and actual combat levels have effectively been tested." One of the simulated attacks was intended to prepare troops for a chemical attack.
Chinese Lieutenant General Ding Laihang said, "In the past, our strategies and guidelines focused on territorial air defense. Now we are shifting our attention to honing our ability in terms of long-range strategic projection and long-range strike." Laihang also said that the PLAAF "will continue to carry out long-distance training over oceans." This prompts questions of exactly who China is preparing to defend against, but with recent tensions between Kim Jong-un and the rest of the world the answer seems obvious.
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