Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Demonstrating capacity and projecting power

China's military continues its efforts to demonstrate what it can do and to portray China as an actor on the world (or at least Asian) stage.

China Navy starts West Pacific drill
A flotilla with China's Nanhai Fleet entered the West Pacific Ocean on Monday to start a drill there after exercises in the Indian Ocean.

The three-ship flotilla consists of amphibious landing craft Changbaishan and destroyers Wuhan and Haikou, according to military sources.

After reaching the Indian Ocean on Jan. 29, the ships conducted 10 exercises including anti-pirate, joint search and rescue as well as damage control drills…

China says it has the right to establish Air Defense ID Zones
China’s Foreign Ministry says China has the right to establish air defense identification zones, and take all necessary measures to maintain national security.

The comments by the ministry follow a Japanese newspaper report that claimed China is planning to establish another air defense identification zone, this time in the South China Sea.

The Foreign Ministry says China is positive about its relations with ASEAN countries. China has accused Japan of trying to divert international attention, while it revises its pacifist constitution to expand its military.

China continues Diaoyu Islands patrol
Three China Coast Guard (CCG) vessels continued their patrol Sunday in the territorial waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands, the State Oceanic Administration said.

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