Referring to Australia’s new defense plan on July 2, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Trieu Lap Kien quipped that Australia should “stop buying unnecessary military equipment”. Trieu added that “countries should avoid an arms race”, implying that Australia’s defense upgrades are destabilizing.
However, on page 11 of the July 20 issue of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) daily newspaper is a curious article by Wan Xiaozhi and Yang Qi – scholars from the National University of Technology. Special Police Department and Academy. The authors were not surprised by Canberra’s defense-building plan, noting that Australia’s new focus on the Indo-Pacific was heralded by an increase in military engagement in the region. . “In recent years, Australia has cooperated closely with the US and its military operations in the Indo-Pacific have continuously expanded in scope,” Wan and Yang wrote.
Wan and Yang have escaped, and if so very subtly, from the official Chinese rhetoric that portray Australia as an American “dog dog”. They note that Canberra and Washington are mutually beneficial, with Australia providing the United States with ‘strategic position and influence in the region’ and the United States supporting Australia’s national security and military development by how to deliver advanced weapons systems and collaborate on scientific research.
“In particular in recent years, Australia’s strategic value has steadily increased to the point where it has now become a key country for the US to implement the Indo-Pacific strategy,” Wan and Yang commented. Thus, Canberra is a more important partner than a “pet dog”.
According to Rear Clear, the atmosphere of fear that Mr. Xi Jinping has created in the PLA over the past time has the potential to falsify strategic judgments and “sober” judgments like Wan and Yang authors. rare.
The danger, however, doesn’t just come from poor strategic decision-making. China is bringing the first of three Type 075 amphibious assault ships to sea and has planned to build a larger vessel dubbed the Type 076. Analysis of Chinese procurement documents shows the Type 076 will be designed to launch not only rotary-wing aircraft but also fixed-wing fighters and drones using the electromagnetic discharge system being developed for the Shandong Type 002 aircraft carrier.
The jet planned for deployment could be an updated version of the Shenyang FC-31 / J-31 fighter jet, which the PLAN is currently assisting with. The drone in question could be a drone like the GJ-11 Sharp Sword, seen during a parade in Beijing last year.
In addition to the number of ships, China’s shipbuilding speed could be a game-changing factor for the carrier force balance in Asia. China has produced three Type 075s almost simultaneously, and if the Type 076s are built at the same speed, they could complement the planned four large aircraft carriers as’ guard carriers. This would quickly expand the PLA Navy’s aviation capabilities at sea.
All of this would not only strengthen the PLA’s ability to conduct island attacks against Taiwan, but would also give China much greater power to carry out missions in the China Sea. Bronze.
It would mark a step further towards the PLAN’s becoming a blue-water navy, especially if these ships are deployed as part of a naval task force instead of operating independently.
With South Korea transitioning to building an F-35B-equipped aircraft carrier by 2030 and Japan converting the Izumo-class to an F-35B, the potential for rapidly expanding Chinese naval air power has could promote the further development of carrier aviation in Asia.
In recent exercises involving PLA 71st corps, various helicopters conducted deck landing training and replenishment of fuel and ammunition aboard a civilian submarine. The exercise shows another aspect of China’s naval aviation capabilities. Reporting the training scenario, the Liberation Army daily suggested that China could have dozens of ships that could assist in an amphibious mission in Taiwan or the East China Sea.