PLA Air Force Patrols Over Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait In Disputed South China Sea

* PLAAF patrols Bashi channel and Miyako Strait. * The area is geo-politically significant. * Bashi channel is important for global internal communication. * Miyako Strait is the entry route of PLA Navy to the pacific via East China sea 

National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 24 November 2017

PLA Air force once again patrols the disputed South China Sea. A division of the Air Force Aviation recently organized a number of multi-type fighters such as the Hong-6K and other aircraft and flew over the first island chain. They flew over the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait to carry out ocean-going training. Go to the South China Sea battle cruise, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Chinese Air Force Spokesman Shen Jinke said on the 23rd that after the victory of the 19th Plenum of the Party, the Air Force kept in mind the mission of a new era, upgraded the ability to win the new era and organized a series of actual combat military training in the maritime space. Air force troops sea rough sword, the wings of the ocean.


The exercise is going to cause discomfort to Chinese neighbours with whom it has dispute in South China Sea.

The pilots of a division of the Air Force airstrips who went to the Western Pacific Ocean to train in the oceans and fight the cruise in the South China Sea kept in mind the strategic requirements of “making ideological and political will be perfect, fighting a war with strong skills, and fighting a hard-fought style” and working hard to raise the bar for war prepared for war at sea, Xinhua further reported.

Shen Jinke introduced a number of H-6K aircraft flying over the Miyako Strait, taking off from an airport in the Gansu cross-border area and flew out of the first island chain; flying a number of multi-type bomber planes that flew over the battlefield between the Bus Strait and the South China Sea to take off from the deployment of the airport All aircraft completed the training mission and battle cruise on the same day.

The Miyako Strait is geopolitically significant for both China and Japan as it is one of the few international waterways for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy to access the Pacific Ocean from the East China Sea. Japan insists that China has committed to informing them in advance if their Navy sails through the strait, a claim that the Chinese deny has ever been agreed upon.  The PLA Navy often conducts military exercise from 2010 in the pacific.

In June this year, Wang Guosong, the captain of the detonation-6K that participated in the 90th anniversary of the founding of the army, said: “The first island chain before the H-6K formation raised the combat capability at sea and tempered the fighting style of the armed forces. Put into practice and implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the CPC in actual military training, and work hard to forge “excellent troops that have arrived at the entire territory and have been attacked in all time and space and in all-round manner”, reported Chinese Government news agency.


Both Philippines and Taiwan claims ownership of the The Bashi Channel  as the area lies within 200 nautical miles of their shores. The passage is not only important for military operations, but the channel is also significant to communication networks. Many of the undersea cables that carry data and telephone traffic between Asian countries pass through the Bashi Channel, making it a major potential choke point for the Internet communication.

H-6K Captain Goff said: “In the South China Sea battle cruise, is the Air Force’s mission responsibility, and then we often go, go, fly, fly, fly out of our bloody courage, flying out of our ability to fight “

Since 2015, the China Air Force’s ocean-going training has developed from the initial four times a year to now many times in January, achieving normalization, systematization and actual combat. The fighter tracks have been continuously extended and the system capability has been strengthened. , Enhanced the actual combat capability of coping with various security threats in the sea direction and sharpened the ability to prepare for war, reported Xinhua.

Under the guidance of Xi Jinping’s military thinking, the PLAAF is moving forward with a modernized strategic military service that operates in all fronts. Shen Jinke said that the 400,000 officers and soldiers of the Air Force keep in mind the mission of a new era and strive to exercise the capabilities of air-time strategic strike capability, space defense capabilities and air strategic delivery capability, unswervingly safeguard national sovereignty, safeguard national security and guarantee peace and development, Xibhua quoted the Chinese military spokesperson in the report.

The Chinese air patrols conducted at a time when many nations are falling in blocks to contain the Chinese expansionist adventures rather misadventures.

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