Chinese Air Force announces ‘regular’ exercises flying through key entryway into western Pacific○Japan Times(2016.09.14)
China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force has announced that it will be organizing “regular” exercises that fly past the so-called first island chain — a key entryway into the western Pacific that includes Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan.
Experts say the extensive chains of Pacific islands that ring China are seen by some in Beijing as a barrier designed during World War II by the United States that can contain China and its navy. Still other Chinese military theorists reportedly view the island chains more as benchmarks or springboards for Chinese military operations.
Japan has reportedly responded to China’s growing forays past the first island chain by stringing a line of anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile batteries along 200 islands in the East China Sea stretching 1,400 km from the country’s mainland toward Taiwan.