Chinese army: provokes Japan and sends stealth message to the United States


By Security Television Network, Author: by Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven

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September 20, 2021 (Security television network) – China would have sent a Zumwalt type destroyer across the Sea of ​​Japan. The move could be halted as a show of force from China to Japan and the United States

Has a new stealthy Chinese destroyer just crossed the Sea of ​​Japan in a provocative move to challenge Japan’s rapidly growing effort to bolster its military strength and challenge Chinese aggression in the region?

It looks like this, according to a report by the Chinese government-backed Global Times newspaper that quotes a press release from the Japanese Defense Ministry.

Chinese military ships, Sea of ​​Japan According to the Chinese report, a flotilla of four warships of the People’s Liberation Army and the Navy crossed the Soya Strait from the Sea of ​​Japan with a type 052D destroyer and a ship. Type 903A refueling tank supported by the sleek-looking new Chinese vessel. The 055 type destroyer the Nanchang.

On August 24, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted a PLA Navy flotilla consisting of four warships, namely 055 Nanchang type destroyer, 052D Guiyang type destroyer, a supply ship type 903A with hull number 903 and a surveillance vessel with hull number 799, which crossed the Soya Strait from the Sea of ​​Japan and then sailed east, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Japanese Ministry of Defense in a press release on August 25, ”writes the Global Times.

Besides the apparent Chinese “gesture” to provoke or send messages of power to Japan, the use of Nanchang seems to be of particular importance. This ship, which could be said to tear apart some of the visible design concepts of the USS Zumwalt-class destroyer, appears to have a somewhat stealthy exterior form.

Destroyer USS Zumwalt & Nanchang 055 Importantly, much like the Zumwalt, the Nanching has a smooth exterior with little or few protruding structures or sharp edges likely to be detected by radar. Granted, a ship this size couldn’t go invisible, but the radar signature lowering designs could make it look like something else, like a non-military commercial ship or a smaller vessel.

This is the case with the USS Zumwalt, as years ago a statement from Naval Sea Systems Command stated that the Zumwalt appeared as a small “fishing boat” on radar, a circumstance which of course gives a considerable advantage. to maritime warfare operations.

Much like the Zumwalt, the Nanching has a sloping, smooth hull with few edges, something decidedly more stealthy as the electromagnetic pings have fewer shapes to bounce on and send a feedback signal to produce a fuller ‘render’ or more precise. At the same time, it’s worth noting that the stern of the Nanching looks a bit more like a ship from U.S. Flight IIA DDG 51 in that it has protruding antennas that could be a bit more detectable or stealthy.

Nonetheless, the Chinese Type 055 is a fairly new ship and the PLA Navy is reportedly making more. The ship is clearly a threat to Japan and other American allies in the region, not to mention a threat to the United States as well. We might not know what weapons it fires, yet it is China’s most modern destroyer. What is clear is that the Chinese appear to react more provocatively or aggressively to American and Japanese patrols in the region by demonstrating a projection of power and maritime combat potential.

Chinese Global Expansion The other oft-discussed dynamic that this may also represent is a well-documented and overt attempt by the Chinese to massively expand global presence and influence. Of course, China has long been a regional power, and in recent years it has learned in extremely advanced ways about efforts to expand its reach around the world.

Added to this equation, for the first time in 30 years, the Japanese Land Self-Defense Force has started nationwide massive military exercises involving “all units” in a clear effort to strengthen deterrence against China.

The exercise, quoted in a Chinese government-backed newspaper called the Global Times, indicates that Japanese media described the exercise as a counterbalance to China in responding to “China’s assertiveness in the region “.

Also in its response to the Japanese exercise, the Chinese newspaper was arguably rather sharp and aggressive, citing PLA military experts as “warning” Japan.

“But Chinese military experts have warned that Japan lacks the capacity to deter China in a military conflict over Chinese territories like the Diaoyu Islands and the island of Taiwan, and a military conflict with China will have consequences. destructive to the country, ”the Global Times writes.

The newspaper is equally affirmative on the Taiwan issue, using familiar reunification rhetoric, categorically saying that China is ready for a war against Taiwan.

“China is prepared for the worst-case scenario – the United States and its allies, including Japan, launch full military intervention to halt China’s national reunification,” the newspaper said.

The Japanese Army Japan has made a visible and determined effort to massively increase its military strength in order to deter China in the region and adopt a stronger defensive military posture. There is plenty of evidence for this, including Japan’s recent $ 35 billion acquisition of the F-35.

Other US-Japanese partnerships include a number of high impact weapon systems such as the SM-3 interceptor missile, the Global Hawk drone, and Aegis radar systems. As part of this clear military build-up, Japanese leaders also continue to debate the possibility of reformulating the Japanese constitution to expand the possibilities of military operations and maneuvers in support of defensive objectives.

The Japanese discussions of recent years have, in this sense, centered on the possibility of modifying slightly or modifying the Japanese pacifist constitution resulting from the end of the Second World War. The post-WWII Japanese Constitution of 1947, which currently denies the country the right to use military force, a move followed by the introduction in 1954 of the Japanese Self-Defense Force.

There are few public statements on these issues regarding the Japanese constitution from senior US military officials, but earlier this year Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with his Japanese counterpart, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. as part of a joint effort to expand military coordination. During this meeting, according to a DoD report, the United States pledged additional defensive maritime support to the United States Coast Guard in areas of great importance to Japan.

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