BEIJING: Amid rising tensions with Japan over disputed islands, Chinese army in a bid to scale up battle readiness has ordered its armed helicopters to shift focus from logistic missions and gear up for combat operations.
The focus of army aviation unit will be shifted from logistics missions to combat ones, from building the capacity for non-war military actions to core military actions, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the daily as saying.
Both China and Japan have scaled up military operations after the escalation of the dispute over theislands called Diaoyu by China and Senkakus by Japan.
Objecting the move, China sent its ships into the island waters.
US warns China about laying claim to Japan owned Senkaku Islands
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a meeting with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, said Washington is obligated to defend the Senkaku islet group if it comes under attack under the bilateral security treaty between the US and Japan, the Japan Times reports
China ‘strongly dissatisfied’ with US island remarks
China called for Washington to be ‘careful in words, cautious in actions’
Beijing: China said it was “strongly dissatisfied” Sunday after US secretary of state Hillary Clinton issued a veiled warning to Beijing not to challenge Tokyo’s control of disputed islands at the centre of a bitter territorial row.
China is “strongly dissatisfied with and resolutely opposes” the remarks, foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement on the ministry’s website.
China has since increased maritime and air patrols near the East China Sea territory.
China ships in waters around disputed islands: Japan
TOKYO, Jan 19 (AFP): Three Chinese government ships Saturday entered Japanese territorial waters around disputed islands, Japan’s coastguard said, hours after a veiled US warning to Beijing not to challenge Tokyo’s control.
China’s Buying A Fleet Of Russian Bombers Perfect For Taking On The US Navy
Chinese websites are again reporting that Russia has agreed to sell Beijing the production line for the Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber at a cost of $1.5 billion
Chinese ships patrol South China Sea
The State Oceanic Administration says two fleets of Chinese surveillance ships are currently carrying out regular patrol missions in the South China Sea.
Japan boosts ties with South East Asian nations to counter China
Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asserted the need for promoting and improving ties with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia in an apparent bid to counter increasing Chinese aggressiveness in South East Asia.
Abe, whose first overseas visit to these three countries was cut short by the Japanese hostage crisis in Algeria, highlighted the importance of resolving territorial arguments involving China and its neighbours in the East and South China Seas, reports the Japan Times.