BEIJING, Dec. 2 (ChinaMil) --The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force sent its H-6K bombers and other types of warplanes to fly over 1,000 kilometers beyond the “first island chain” to carry out high-sea training over the West Pacific Ocean by flying over the Miyako Strait on November 27, 2015.
The PLA Air Force also sent H-6K bombers and other types of fighters and airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft at the same time to patrol the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea. Meanwhile, the Japanese Self-defense Force (JSDF) assigned F-15 warplanes to track and monitor Chinese warplanes.
Li Li, a professor with the PLA National Defense University (NDU) said in an interview that the formulation and maintenance of the rules concerning the East China Sea ADIZ has been carried out in an orderly way.
She stressed that China is not only able to maintain air identification in the ADIZ, but also fly beyond the first island chain. However, she continued, Japan assigned warplanes to track and monitor Chinese warplanes just to hype up the pressure allegedly imposed by China's rising strength on its security.
Japanese media reported on November 28 that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) assigned F-15 warplanes to intercept Chinese warplanes approaching Japan's southern islands.
Japan's Jiji Press quoted a Japanese defense ministry official as saying that six Chinese warplanes flew over the open sea about 1,700km southwest of Tokyo and between Okinawa and Miyako in south Japan. The report said Chinese warplanes didn't violate Japan's airspace.
According to Li Li, the high-sea patrol by multiple types of the PLA Air Force planes in East China Sea ADIZ sent the signal that the ADIZ is operating in good condition now and China is able to maintain orderly air identification in that zone.
China announced its establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ on November 23, 2013, and flying there for high-sea patrol on November 27 this year is "perfect timing". Li Li said that China has carried out four high-sea training beyond island chains this year, twice via the Bashi Channel and twice via the Miyako Strait, indicating that the formulation and maintenance of rules over the East China Sea ADIZ have been in smooth progress.
"The dispatch of bomber fleet is the symbol of strong air force" Li Li said, expressing that countries around China may have thought that after China delimited the East China Sea ADIZ, it wouldn't be able to carry out identification tasks in that zone or safeguard the security in relevant areas. Now China is telling the world "we are not only able to safeguard the East China Sea ADIZ, but also fly beyond the first island chain".
Li Li also introduced that as a special force deployed in Naha, the JSDF's main task is carrying out regular tracking and monitoring of China's operations to the West Pacific Ocean. Therefore, not only the PLA Air Force would be tracked and monitored when it flies to the high sea, but the Chinese naval vessels were also tracked by Japan's F-15J and P-3C when they shipped in that direction. Japan has taken such actions to hype up the pressure on its security allegedly caused by China's rising power.