China reacts as US launches simultaneous global maritime military exercises not seen since the Cold War


On August 3, the US Navy and the US Marine Corps launched one of the largest global military exercises since the Cold War. The next day, China responded by announcing a large-scale training in the South China Sea.

“The LSE2021 is the first large-scale naval and amphibious exercise since the Ocean Venture NATO exercise, which began in 1981 during the Cold War.” US Navy Europe-Africa / US 6th Fleet Said In a statement on July 27.

The Maritime Military Exercise, named Mass Exercise 2021 (LSE 2021), includes six Navy and Marine Corps component commands, five US-numbered fleets, and three Marine Expeditionary Forces over 17 time zones. From August 3rd to August 16th.

This includes approximately 36 live ships, from aircraft carriers to submarines, over 50 virtual units, and unlimited construction units, and the US military. report The day before the start.

On August 4, the China Maritime Safety Administration announced that the Chinese military would conduct training exercises on approximately 38,600 square miles of the South China Sea from August 6 to August 10.

“This is clearly a reaction or reaction to LSE2021, but not offensive,” US-based Chinese commentator Tang Jingyuan told The Epoch Times on August 4. It will protect the occupied islands. “

Regarding a large-scale exercise in the United States, Mr. Tan said: “In my eyes, I want to show the world that the United States has the ability to simultaneously address the challenges of the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the South China Sea, and the East China Sea by implementing LSE. 2021.

“In other words, if Russia and China break peace in Europe and Asia at the same time, the US military is strong enough to face the situation,” he said.

Maintaining peace, regional stability

U.S. Navy hovercraft pass through USS Wasp, a multipurpose assault landing ship, during amphibious landing exercises as part of an annual joint U.S. Philippine military exercise on the coast of the town of San Antonio facing the South China Sea in the Philippines. .. April 11, 2019. (TEDAL JIBE / AFP via Getty Images)

The US Navy and the Marine Corps “want to improve the way Marine operations are synchronized across multiple fleets to support the Combined Maritime Forces,” the Navy wants. Said August 3.

According to the statement, the exercises will be performed simultaneously in 17 time zones. Synchronized maritime operations include “distributed maritime operations, expeditionary altitude base operations, and coastal operations in a disputed environment.”

The total number of Americans participating in the exercise is unknown. In addition to seafarers and marines, government civilians and contractors also participate in the training. Training staff provide support.

On May 9, as part of a joint Philippine Navy exercise in San Antonio, northwestern Manila, Philippines, a U.S. Marine Corps attack amphibious vehicle (AAV) simulating a Philippine Marine Corps amphibious operation was launched in the Philippine Sea. I am leading a landing ship for the soldiers. , 2018. (TEDAL JIBE / AFP via Getty Images)

“LSE is more than just training. It leverages the integrated combat power of multiple navies to share sensors, weapons and platforms across all domains of the conflicting environment around the world.” Said Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Commander of the United States Fleet Forces.

Admiral Robert P. Burke, Commander of the United States Navy Europe, said: This helps build the muscle memory needed to do this on a daily basis in operational-to-strategic warfare. “

According to a statement, the purpose of this maritime military exercise was to maintain peace and stability in the region, said Admiral Samuel Paparo, commander of the Pacific Fleet.

“Order based on international rules is essential for our country and for our partners and allies for peace, security and stability.”

Systematic development

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The F / A-18 Hornet will take off during a joint military exercise, the Saxon Warrior, on August 6, 2017, on the USS George HW Bush off the northwest coast of England. (Dunky Wood / Getty Images)

LSE 2021 is just one of the actions the US Government is taking around the world, especially in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The Japan-US-Australia-India Strategic Dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India 2021 Joint Statement On March 12, it will be integrated into the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Common Vision” and the “Rule-based Maritime Order in the East China Sea and South China Sea.” Claim.

US Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Vietnam and Singapore later this month, focusing on strengthening regional security in Southeast Asia threatened by the invasion of the Chinese Communist Party.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Participation At five virtual ministerial meetings with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from August 2nd to August 6th.

“With the support of the United States, Taiwan, Japan and Southeast Asian countries, Beijing authorities are not worried about wanting to invade their territory,” Tan said.

Nicole Hao

Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on topics related to China. Prior to joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, he was Global Product Manager for the Railroad business in Paris, France.