China’s expansion plot to the Mediterranean?


The fact that China decided to conduct joint naval exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean next year does not set ally with Moscow but to increase the combat troops and expand the presence of Beijing in this region, according to Chinese political news site Duowei News (US).
Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu during a visit to Beijing on November 18 announced that Russia and China would conduct a joint naval exercise in the Mediterranean in 2015.
According to Duowei News, Russia is trying to strengthen its military presence in the Mediterranean. This is shown by the Russian Navy in July May 2014 when it claimed its plan of building a submarine fleet in the Mediterranean with the goal of restoring the Mediterranean fleet of the country in 2015.
For China, the decide to participate in joint exercises with Russia has been only a tip o the iceberg to see Beijing's support for Russia since Russia was isolated by the United States and Western countries with sanctions and accusation that Moscow involved in a crisis situation in Ukraine.
But this does not mean that China will become a military alliance with Russia if the war actually happen. Duowei News considered that China hold naval exercises with Russia because of Beijing's own attempts.
People's Liberation Army (PLA) has the most number of soldiers in the world (2.3 million soldiers according to 2013 statistics), together with the advanced fighters, aircraft carrier in the arsenal but lack of ability to war and it is said to be the biggest weakness of the PLA.
Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has ever admitted that “PLA is inferior to military force in the world”. The Daily Journal of PLA on October 12 also acknowledged its 40 weaknesses in the training which made the PLA unlikely to defeat the battle, according to AFP.
A study by the US Navy recently has discovered that although the PLA Navy has 235,000 people and five times as much as Japan does but the capacity is inferior to Japan and other countries in the world.
Therefore, the PLA participated in joint exercises to enhance combat capability as well as strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean, which is a strategic geographical region, according to Duowei News.
China appointed three warships to the Mediterranean for the first time in July 2012 after three ships had completed a mission in the Aden Gulf.
Then, since January 2014, frigates Yancheng (Type 054A or 054A type) of China along with the ships of Russia, Denmark have started the mission of coordinating to extradite Syria’s chemical weapons over the Mediterranean, raised doubts about the role of China in the region.
According to Duowei News this is a typical example to shows that China uses military power to intergrate its economy to the West  similar to the way how the West did with China or like England let 50,000 soldiers camp in the area to ensure the access to resources and markets of India”.
Although the Chinese government has denied the above information but the activities of PLA in the Mediterranean clearly shows Beijing's goals in this area, according Duowei News. For carriers, Beijing has the ability to set a new fleet in the Mediterranean in 2025, Duowei News said.
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Quân Hoàng 25/11/14 16:11

For the first time since China’s re-emergence as a power to be reckoned with, Western powers are being confronted with scenarios involving the risk of clashes with Chinese military forces outside the Asian giant’s backyard.

Huy Quốc 25/11/14 16:12

Key to China’s expansion is a shift in recent years from Mao Zedong’s Army-centric military to one where other branches of the armed service are given greater freedom of action.

Hoàng Lân 25/11/14 16:13

One branch in particular, the PLAN, has developed alongside Beijing’s ambitions as a global power, allowing it not only to show the flag, such as in multilateral anti-piracy missions off the Gulf of Aden, but also to back up its evolving strategic imperatives.

Vân Nhàn 25/11/14 16:14

Such 'showing of the flag' at this time is a precedent with serious implications for international security

Hùng Quân 25/11/14 16:15

The transit of PLAN and Russian vessels in the area is not coincidental — it is clearly meant as a deterrent against intervention by Western powers in the Syrian crisis.

Lê Tín 25/11/14 16:16

For evident reasons, activity by Chinese warships in the region comports risks, especially at a time of high tensions involving between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea.

Quốc Cường 25/11/14 16:17

The more friction points there are, the more likely it is that, at some point, accidental or intentional clashes will occur.

Huy Lâm 25/11/14 16:18

If it concludes that its interests abroad are being threatened by Western ideals, such as the responsibility to protect civilians in failing or failed states, China may choose the military option to undermine Western efforts.

Quốc Kiên 25/11/14 16:19

we are nevertheless witnessing the rise of a new power — one with global seafaring reach — whose strategic considerations, or the values of their political leaders, are often times diametrically opposed to those of the West.

Phạm Hiếu 25/11/14 16:20

All it potentially would take is one collision to spark a chain reaction, the echo of which might reverberate back in the Asia-Pacific.

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