China has now started bridging the artificial islands built in the South China Sea with weapons. Recent satellite images have revealed that China has deployed several fighter and patrol aircraft, heavy transport helicopters and anti-aircraft missiles on these disputed islands. With the help of this military base, China’s dream is to rule the entire South China Sea. This is the reason why China has disputes with Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines over the entire area.
These aircraft were deployed by making a military base on the artificial island
The Washington Times, based on satellite images from Maxar, reported that China deployed KJ-500 airborne warning and control aircraft to a military base built in the Spratly Islands in May and June. Other satellite images showed Y-9 transport aircraft and Z-8 heavy transport helicopters standing at the airbase on Subi Reef. A few months ago, China also conducted a major naval exercise near this island. In which China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning along with its Carrier Strike Group also participated.
China permanently deployed
Michael Dahm, a former Naval Intelligence Officer of the US Navy, said that looking at satellite images shows that China has permanently stationed these planes on the island. Michael is currently working with Johns Hopkins University. The biggest change in military activity in 2021 is the presence of Chinese Special Mission KK aircraft and helicopters in Subi and Mischief Reefs, he said.
China will rule in the surrounding area
He said this deployment shows that the PLA has started regular air operations from those airfields. In such a situation, the danger for the navies of other countries passing around that island will increase. The Japanese government said in the country’s Defense White Paper 2020 that China is trying hard to make territorial claims in local seas. China is also using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence and establish strategic supremacy.
China trying to increase control
Dr Bryce Wakefield, national executive director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), told news.com.au that this suggests China is trying to increase its control over the region. These aircraft will allow China to use assets in the region more effectively. Giving examples, he explained that China’s so-called maritime militias can exploit maritime assets to the fullest without fighting. Millions of ships are involved in China’s maritime militia.
How do AWACS planes work?
AWACS or Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft are a very important part of modern warfare. By the time ground-based radars can spot attackers, fighter planes, cruise missiles, and drones, they find them before they can. Apart from this, they can easily differentiate between enemy and friend fighter planes. With their help, every movement of the enemy can be monitored.
China is clashing with these countries in the South China Sea
China is continuously increasing its military activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. This is the reason why he has established his military bases on many uninhabited islands located in both these seas. China also has disputes with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam due to its growing appetite for land grabbing.
[Attribution to NBT]