Picture of Joint Training of Out of the Cloud and Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea
Global Times special correspondent Hu Hao reported Monday that Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter frigate Out of the Cloud and the U.S. Navy nuclear power carrier Ronald Reagan had conducted joint training in the South China Sea, which had the intention of restricting Chinas maritime operations.
According to Kyodo News Agency, Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force began its Indo-Pacific dispatch training last year, dispatching warships to tour the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean for more than two months, conducting defense exchanges and joint training with Southeast Asian countries along the coast. On April 30 this year, the Cloud helicopter frigate and the Murakami and Shu frigates were ordered to sail from Yokosuga base until July 10. From 19 to 20 this month, the small formation and the Ronald Reagan carrier battle group conducted joint training, including formation communications, and helicopters taking off and landing on each others ships. From 10 to 12 this month, similar joint training was also carried out with the Ronald Reagan. Reported that Japan and the United States successively implemented joint maritime training, intended to restrict Chinas actions in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
Japans Out of the Cloud Helicopter Carrier and the US Armys Reagan Carrier Sailing side by side
Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force currently has two helicopter frigates of Sunrise class and two helicopter frigates of Cloud class, which are regarded as symbols of Japans maritime defense force. Japan has decided to transform two cloud class aircraft carriers, namely cloud and Jiahe, into fixed-wing fighter aircraft carriers, such as F-35, and to send them frequently to sea, especially gradually intervening in the South China Sea. Last September, ships such as the Gaga visiting Southeast Asia and the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier conducted joint training in the Philippine surrounding waters. In May this year, President Trump joined Abe in boarding the Gaga during his visit to the Philippines, giving speeches to highlight alliance unity.
Lu Hao, an associate researcher at the Japan Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on November 21 that in recent years, Japan has continuously strengthened its military construction with the goal of military normalization, and sought to break the restricted zone, expand the scope of foreign military operations and influence of defense cooperation. Against the background of the improvement of Sino-Japanese relations, the two countries are seeking to establish a more constructive security interaction relationship. However, in response to the action of the United States to strengthen strategic security competition with China, Japan frequently dispatches ships to cruise the South China Sea, intervenes in the regional situation in the name of freedom of navigation and the rule of law in the sea, vigilantly and restraints Chinas legitimate maritime activities, which in fact brings new uncertainties to regional security. Sex and insecurity are obviously not conducive to the building of mutual trust between China and Japan in the field of security.
The carrier-based aircraft Reagan took off and landed in the South China Sea
Source: Global Times Responsible Editor: Yao Wenguang_NN1682