BEIJING, August 9 (ChinaMil) -- Besides China's operations in the East China Sea, news about China’s patrol in the South China Sea announced by the Chinese PLA Air Force on August 6 also raised concerns.
Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesman for the PLA Air Force, said on the same day that the Chinese Air Force organized H-6K bombers, Su-30 and other military aircraft to fly to the South China Sea for combat patrol in the airspace near the Nansha Islands and Huangyan Island.
Deutsche Welle reported that in an undated file photo released by China's official media, a H-6K bomber is flying over a reef. Beijing's move is a strong response to Western countries' calling upon China to comply with the award of so-called South China Sea arbitration. One week after the ruling, the Chinese Air Force announced their "recent" combat patrol over the South China Sea, and said the patrol will be normalized.
"Combat-ready patrols by H-6Ks and other PLA Air Force aircraft will continue on regularized basis," Shen said on August 6, which had drawn wide media attention. A U.S. military magazine named War On The Rock said that "an unprecedented display of Chinese strategic systems over disputed territories in the South China Sea reflects China’s will to defend the sovereignty in the South China Sea."
The article, South China Sea Danger Zone: Why Pushing China into a Corner Is Dangerous, published in the U.S. National Interest magazine said that the tribunal’s ruling breaks the ‘balance of ambiguity’ in the South China Sea disputes.
It would be naive to believe that the ruling can resolve the disputes and no great power is likely to accept an international legal verdict that harms its national interests. The arbitration has started a new phase of the disputes, it will not change the nature of world politics that is based more on power than rules, said the article.
MIT Professor and South China Sea expert Taylor Fravel said in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor that although the Chinese combat-ready patrols have intensified, the next step is not the escalation of the conflict because it does not meet the interests of the U.S. and China.
The Financial Express of India reminded the U.S. that the risk of war in the South China Sea waged by U.S. agents still exists. The U.S. has a poor record of proxy war and if there is a relentless country, then it is never a simple proxy war for the United States.