China Defence

Chinese Air Force Conducts Patrol Exercise

BEIJING, (Xinhua/APP): A Chinese air force formation conducted a regular patrol exercise that passed the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait on Monday, an air force spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

The formation consisted of H-6K bombers, Su-30 and J-11 fighters, reconnaissance aircraft, early warning aircraft and tanker aircraft, said Shen Jinke, spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) , at a meeting of senior air force officers.

The drill was aimed to improve long-distance combat mobility and readiness as well as the ability to “safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Shen said.

“The is progressing into a modern strategic armed force with the ability to fight in all domains,” he said.

The air force conducted high-sea training exercises in line with international law and practice, he said.

Describing the exercises as “legal and reasonable,” Shen announced that the air force will conduct longer distance high-sea drills in the future.

Lieutenant Huang Guoxian, the air force commander of the Eastern Theater , stressed the importance of developing the ability to win wars and pledged to enhance awareness and combat readiness through regular high-sea drills and practice in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone.

Lieutenant General Xu Anxiang, the air force commander of the Southern Theater Command, noted that high-sea training is vital for building the combat ability of the air force and has been common practice among air forces of major countries.

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