Foreign media: Military exercise near the Chinese Navy Christmas Island

People’s Daily on February 17 Recently, the Navy successfully completed the 2014 first normalization war preparation patrol far-sea training mission. This is the first time the Navy has entered the Pacific Ocean and entered the Indian Ocean in one training session and broke through a series of straits. According to Singapore’s United Morning Post, the Chinese naval training has attracted the attention of Australia. Australia did not know beforehand and did not notice it during the training. It was only alert before the US military informed and sent out before the maritime patrol aircraft. Go to the tail. Australian military analysts pointed out that the Australian military must face the challenges brought by China and prepare for the arrival of a new world.

Australian military analysts pointed out that China’s military exercise on the high seas is not hostile and does not pose a threat, but everyone should also see the signal released by China that China has become an international military An important military force that cannot be ignored, and can fundamentally change the military strategic situation facing Australia.

The training formation of the Chinese Navy’s South China Sea Fleet, composed of Changbaishan, Haikou and Wuhan, patrolled the sea, lasted 23 days and sailed nearly 8,000 nautical miles to complete the defense operations and submarine confrontation exercises in the area. On the 11th of this month, berthed at a military port terminal. During this period, the naval training formation successively cruised the Xisha, Nansha Islands, and Zengmu shoal waters, and crossed the world’s important waterways such as the Sunda Strait, the Lombok Strait, and the Makassar Strait. It was completed in the South China Sea, the East China Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Western Pacific. Scheduled training subjects.

Foreign media reported that the Chinese navy approached Australia’s Christmas Island during training and then headed north through the Lombok Strait near Bali.

After being asked about the matter, the Australian Defense Minister spokesperson said that Australia did not receive the Chinese notice before the military exercise. However, according to relevant international laws, China is not obliged to report.

Australian Foreign Minister Bishop said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last week that he would not be worried about the Chinese navy’s military exercises near Australia and did not think it would pose a threat.

She said: “Everyone must recognize the fact that China is rising in Asia Pacific and around the world. These exercises are conducted on the international high seas and are similar to Australia’s exercises on the international high seas. This is in line with international law and there is no need to make a fuss. ”

The head of the International Security Program at the ROI International Policy Research Institute in Australia, said that the Australian military must recognize that China can mobilize strong military power in the Australian waters. Operated nearby. He said that this is a brand new situation.

Med Kraft also believes that China’s military exercise is not just “to show Australia”, but to send signals to Asia Pacific, to the United States, to India.

Foreign media reported that China’s military budget this year is estimated to be as much as 200 billion U.S. dollars, which is compared with the US’s 700 billion U.S. dollar military budget last year. Little witch sees the big witch”. But it is worth mentioning that Beijing’s military budget is growing by 10% a year, and Washington is gradually reducing its military budget every year in order to cut spending.

Li Mingjiang, an associate professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Relations at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, believes that China wants to transform its original “shore defense force” into a position that can be used in front of its own door. The power of the “blue ocean navy”, and this goal has been “half”.

Whiteboard, a strategic research expert at the Australian National University, said that such military exercises by the Chinese side “have a long-term meaning” also show that the global maritime military landscape is quietly changing. “This military exercise is not a threat to Australia, but Australia should consciously change its military strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. ”

Responsible Editor: Liu Yang

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