NDU China expert Joel Wuthnow argues that aggressive tactics, mainly using the concept of “gray zones” below the level of armed clashes, have been used near Taiwan, Japan and the sea. East in recent months.
“US forces in the region are also inevitably the target of China’s bellicose tactics,” he said. “In February, the US Pacific Fleet reported that a patrol plane was on. -8A Poseidon was targeted with a high-powered laser from a Chinese destroyer west of Guam. ”
It is the latest in a series of Chinese aggression against US aircraft, including clashes against US military aircraft near China’s military base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.
Wuthnow said at a recent US parliamentary committee hearing on China that Beijing sought to use a combination of military diplomacy and provocative actions in the region. Coercive activities, however, overshadowed the diplomatic campaign.
The most important recent military clash occurred along the Actual Control Line (LAC) on the Indian and Chinese borders.
According to the Washington Times, the primary cause of the new tensions was the April infiltration of about 5,000 Chinese soldiers into the border area claimed by India. Then, on June 15, tensions erupted in the Galwan Valley, where a hand-to-hand fight between the Chinese and Indian armies broke out, using stones and barbed rods. The battle resulted in the deaths of 20 Indians and an unknown number of Chinese troops.
It was the first major clash to cause casualties in the area since the 1962 border war between two giant neighbors.
The Chinese military also conducts coercive tactics in Hong Kong. The PLA is believed to have deployed strong forces near Shenzhen. China’s special operations forces are also deployed in Hong Kong with the clear strategic message that this force can be used against protesters.
The PLA also exerted military pressure on Taiwan by bomber and jet flights around the island. Japan has faced increased Chinese naval activity around the disputed Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands, which both countries claim.
In the South China Sea, China’s maritime militia, coast guard and navy have conducted a number of provocative activities, including threats of drilling operations by Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas firm, and locking radar control. fire from a Chinese escort ship aimed at an anti-submarine ship of the Philippine navy, and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in April.
The US military has increased freedom of navigation by ships and air flights in an effort to repel Chinese encroachment. The Pentagon said Chinese forces were involved in nine incidents involving US military forces in the South China Sea from March to May. The incidents described as encounters “Unsafe and unprofessional” with Chinese naval ships.
Mr. Wuthnow, a senior research expert at the NDU Center for China Military Affairs Research, made the aforementioned remarks before the US-China Economic and Security Assessment Committee at a hearing. on US-China relations.