SCMP: exercises with Russia and South Africa show growing Maritime ambitions of China

SCMP: учения с Россией и ЮАР показывают растущие морские амбиции Китая

Despite the fact that the joint exercises with Russia, South Africa and China off the coast of Cape town cannot be called a large scale, according to observers, the maneuvers testify to the desire of Beijing to become the “ocean state” and defend their interests around the world. As she says the Chinese side, she wants to learn from the experience of partners to create a “first-rate fleet,” notes the South China Morning Post.The Chinese Navy together with partners from Russia and South Africa are conducting exercises off the coast of Cape town, says South China Morning Post. Chinese Navy for the first time performs tasks in the area of the southern tip of the African continent.In the maneuvers, which began on Monday 25 November, which will have to last 5 days, the people’s liberation army (PLA) sent its missile frigate class Weifang “Type 054A”. As emphasized by the publication, just two years ago the ships of the PLA for the first time crossed the equator and entered the Indian ocean and are now participating in the first joint exercises with Russia and China.According to the South African army, the purpose of the maneuvers, code-named “Mozi” is the preparation of the “international task force by countering security threats at sea.” As noted by the head of the Chinese group and the assistant chief of staff of the PLA Navy, Liu Tsunan, the task forces of the middle Kingdom — demonstrate a willingness to work with partners to address the threat of the sea, the preservation of peace and security and the creation of a “Maritime community with a common destiny”.Participants will establish relations at the level of the Navy of the three countries and develop effective interaction. Military will have to show your skills in shooting, landing helicopters on the deck, landing on the shore, and also in operations to combat piracy and elimination of consequences of natural disasters and catastrophes.”The ocean is too big that it dominated the state. We are gathered here as the three partner countries to work together to improve our interaction, despite the language difficulties”, — quotes the South China Morning Post, the words of rear Admiral of the Navy of South Africa bubeleh’s going Mhlanga.As drew attention to a military expert from Beijing Li Jie, although the doctrine cannot be called ambitious, it is a big step Navy of China in the establishment of China as “ocean power” that can protect its own interests around the world. “The Maritime interests of China and the task of security has greatly outgrown the nearby sea, especially if to speak about the project “One belt and one road”. We will see more and more activity of the Chinese Navy in the area of South Africa and in the Atlantic,” — says the analyst.Political Commissar of the Chinese hand fan Guanglin also noted that the PLA Navy hope to learn from partners to improve their own skills in an effort to create “a first-rate Navy.”As recalled by the newspaper, for its part, Russia sent on the teachings of the missile cruiser “Marshal Ustinov”, the marine tanker and a rescue tug. From South Africa in the maneuvers involved the Amatola frigate and a hydrographic ship Protea.

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