China announces navy drill ahead of U.S. show of force

BEIJING Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:35pm EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese navy will hold a live-ammunition exercise in the Yellow Sea, where Washington and Seoul announced their own plan for a military exercise that has riled Beijing, China's Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.

The Ministry said a naval fleet will stage the drill this week from Wednesday to Saturday in the sea between China and the Korean peninsula, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

"This is an annual routine training exercise, mainly involving the firing of shipboard artillery," the Ministry said, according to Xinhua.

The announcement, nonetheless, follows a pattern of China publicizing its own military exercises in parallel to those held by Washington and Seoul, which Beijing has criticized as destabilizing at a time of tensions over North Korea.

China said its naval exercise will be held off its coastal city of Qingdao, meaning they will be well away from the U.S.-South Korea exercises in waters closer to the Korean coast.

The North's secretive leader Kim Jong-il appears to be now visiting China, his country's only major ally, Chinese and South Korean sources have said.

Friction between Beijing and Washington over Chinese maritime claims and U.S. naval activities has added to irritants between the two countries, which have also sparred this year over Taiwan, Tibet, the Internet and Chinese exchange rate policy.

The United States has criticized Chinese claims to swathes of the South China Sea, where Taiwan and several Southeast Asian states also assert sovereignty.

The United States has said it will conduct an anti-submarine warfare exercise with South Korea in the Yellow Sea in early September. That is intended to send a warning to North Korea that Washington is committed to defending its ally, South Korea, the Pentagon said this month.

Last month, the United States and South Korea held a naval drill in the Sea of Japan off the Korean peninsula, prompting condemnation from China, which answered with its own heavily publicized military exercises.

The July drill was initially scheduled to take place in the Yellow Sea, but was moved to the other side of the Korean peninsula after objections from Beijing.

The United States and South Korea accuse North Korea of torpedoing a South Korean naval ship in March, killing 46 sailors.

Chinese military newspapers have said the U.S.-led military exercises in the Yellow Sea would be unduly provocative at a time of volatile tensions over North Korea.

Chinese Rear Admiral Yang Yi also said that those exercises would be provocatively close to north China's political and economic heartland.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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Comments (6)
AdamSmith wrote:
The American military-industrial complex routinely initiates attack exercises directly at China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia, and any other country that hesitates to submit to America’s will.

American bombers fly en-masse directly at these “enemies”, just as if America were initiating a new full out war. Then at the last minute the bombers veer away.

It any nation did that to America, it would be considered an act of war. But we Americans feel we have a right to send fleets of bombers streaking towards any capital city we wish. And if one of those countries complains, we simply say that the airways and the seas must always remain open.

The American military-industrial complex, with its unquenchable thirst for profit and human blood, has become the greatest threat to the human species in the history of Earth.

Aug 29, 2010 2:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wickii wrote:
New cold war ….they would just love thar.

Aug 29, 2010 3:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tamooj wrote:
@AdamSmith:
>”…American bombers fly en-masse directly at these “enemies”…”
Care to provide any citations for this claim? All of the large powers conduct military exercises, moron. Largely speaking, these regularly scheduled drills go unreported in the media because they are so common. They are also required for training, and to prevent the kind of mistakes that lead to wars. If you feel that US does so in an unfair and uneven manner, in contravention to international law and various incidents-at-sea treaties, feel free to put up credible citations.

Aug 29, 2010 3:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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