Intelligence briefings have become a central part of China’s efforts to expand its military presence in the Pacific.
Here are some of the key topics: China’s “sea power” The Chinese military has expanded its fleet of small patrol boats, and the military’s ability to conduct surveillance and target information gathering operations has been significantly improved.
“We now have two patrol boats on the high seas,” said Admiral Yi Gang, director of China Maritime Studies Institute at the China Academy of Military Science.
The boats are part of a broader effort to modernize the Chinese military, he said, and are part the “sea-power” strategy.
“Our strategy is to develop the ability to project power at a strategic level,” Admiral Yi said.
The Chinese Navy has also built a large air base in the Philippines, and China’s naval command in the South China Sea has also been expanded.
“The Chinese Navy is very active in the area of air defense,” Admiral Huang said.
China has also recently sent two small submarines to waters near Guam, and Admiral Yi says the navy has been increasing its military capabilities in the region.
China’s maritime forces have been deployed to a large number of areas around the South and East China Seas, including the disputed Spratly Islands in the East China Sea, according to the U.S. military.
“They’re going into the area that the Philippines has a lot of concerns about,” said Peter Wilner, a senior research fellow at the Ullrich Center for East Asia Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.
China “has not been really clear about what their intentions are in the Spratlys,” Wilner said.
“China’s posture in the Indian Ocean has been a bit different from what they’ve been saying publicly.”
The Pentagon says that China is increasing its air defense capabilities in its contested region.
“At present, the Chinese navy has an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 surface-to-air missiles, about 70 to 80 aircraft, and around 1,500 vessels, and they have a substantial number of surveillance aircraft,” the Pentagon said in a recent report.
The United States has long worried about China’s militarization of the South-East Asian region, and it has repeatedly warned Beijing to exercise restraint.
“When it comes to the South Sea, the United States is the first country to warn China that it should not militarize the South Seas,” Vice Admiral John G. Condon, commander of the U,S.
Pacific Command, said in an interview with the New York Times last year.
“That’s why we are calling on them to exercise caution.”
China’s defense capabilities China has deployed new surface-based and underwater weapons systems to the Sprats, the South East Asian country that is claimed by both China and Vietnam.
According to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the country’s military has deployed “some 200 surface-launched ballistic missiles to the Sea of Japan and two to the disputed waters of the Senkaku islands in the China Sea.”
China has been expanding its military activities in the maritime region since the 1970s, when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered the strategic waters of Southeast Asia.
The PLA was the primary military force in Vietnam before its withdrawal in 1975, and has since expanded its presence in several parts of the region, including in the disputed Senkakus.
The People’s Republic of China has recently expanded its military and intelligence capabilities in other parts of Southeast Asian, including Indonesia and the Philippines.
“As the PLA continues to expand in Southeast Asia, it will likely continue to expand, and as it does, we should be prepared for the possible use of conventional forces to respond to its expansion,” Wilter said.
Chinese military drills The PLA has conducted a series of naval drills in the past few years.
In April, for example, China conducted a training exercise that involved warships from around the world in a simulated attack on the South Korea coast.
“It is a very high-stakes event,” Wilmer said.
While China does not typically conduct military drills in Southeast Asian countries, the military has often used its presence there as a platform for propaganda, the Associated Press reported.
In August 2016, China launched a mock-up of a nuclear-powered submarine in the waters off the Philippines that the Pentagon described as a “highly provocative exercise.”
The mock-ups of submarines in Southeast Asians are often provocative because they “make it clear the PLA is willing to engage in provocative actions to provoke countries in Southeastasia into attacking the PLA,” the AP reported.
Wilner noted that the United Nations Security Council has not ratified a Security Council resolution calling on China to halt its activities in SoutheastAsia, citing the lack of clarity about the countrys intentions.
The U.N. resolution also called for China to end its militarization in the Middle East and North Africa, and to “stop using force as a tool of coercion and domination.”
In August, a military spokesman for the Philippines said that China was “trying to provoke the Philippines into military action.” China