21 September 2020
China’s air force has released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base on the US Pacific island of Guam, as regional tensions continue to rise. The video, released on People’s Liberation Army Air Force Weibo account, came as China carried out a second day of drills near Chinese-claimed Taiwan, to express Beijing’s anger at the visit of a senior U.S. State Department official to Taipei.
Guam is home to major U.S. military facilities, including the air base, which would be key to responding to any conflict in the Asia Pacific region. Dr Collin Koh, a Research Fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies said the video was aimed at highlighting China’s growing prowess in long-range power projection. “The video is meant to warn the Americans that even supposedly safe, rearward positions such as Guam may come under threat when conflicts over regional flashpoints, be it Taiwan or South China Sea, erupt,” he said.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 22/09/2020