China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier in recent days has continued conducting harassment activities in the waters of Japan and Taiwan. Even so, Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan said that if war broke out, China would have to confront three forces simultaneously, and the chances for the Liaoning to come into play were slim.
According to Da Ji Yuan, on May 1, the Liaoning passed through the Miyako Strait. After 21 days, it entered the waters east of Taiwan, and next, it entered Okinawa’s waters.
In the waters of Okinawa, the Liaoning conducted takeoff and landing training. The Izumo helicopter frigate, reconnaissance aircraft, and fighter jets of the Japan Self-Defense Forces closely followed the Liaoning’s every move.
From May 6 to 12, the Liaoning arrived in the waters east of Taiwan to conduct a drill.
However, in the photos released by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, only nine J-15s can be seen on the deck of the Liaoning, and they can only be fitted with PL-12 and PL-8 air-to-air missiles.
Da Ji Yuan said that if war started, the Chinese fleet would have no chance of passing through the Miyako Strait.
Okinawa is the most important military base for the United States and Japan in the Western Pacific, so the two forces have never left the Chinese Navy alone.
If China attacked Okinawa to consume the U.S.-Japan forces, and then took the initiative to invade Taiwan, they would have to confront the U.S.-Japanese and Taiwanese forces at the same time. It would be an unequal war for the Chinese military.
The U.S. and Japanese navies are currently increasing their activities around Chinese waters.
The fleet of USS Lincoln (CVN-72) is currently in Philippine waters. The fleet of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) has just arrived in Yokosuka, Japan. The cutting-edge amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA7) of the U.S. Navy is also in the Pacific ocean. The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA6) has long been stationed in Japan.
The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli, fully equipped with 20 F-35B fighters, took part in a test of a light aircraft carrier before leaving the West coast of the United States for the Pacific Ocean.
On May 17, the official Chinese media Observer cited the U.S. Department of Defense’s report on May 15, that the USS Tripoli arrived in the 7th Fleet area.
Chinese media said this is the first time that the two U.S.-class amphibious assault ships of the U.S. military in active service have gathered in the Asia-Pacific. It means that the U.S. military will conduct more military operations in the waters surrounding China over the next few weeks.
On May 20, the U.S. military announced that 32 F-35B fighters had been assigned to the 12th Marine Corps at Iwakuni, Japan.
According to Da Ji Yuan, the U.S. 7th Fleet can deploy two aircraft carriers and at least one light carrier at any time to confront the Chinese military.
In addition, the U.S. 3rd Fleet can also send 1 or 2 aircraft carrier fleets to support.
In addition, the Japanese helicopter carrier Izumo could become another offshore support platform for F-35B fighters.
Da Ji Yuan said, given its limited capabilities, China’s aircraft carrier fleet cannot withstand precision strikes by F-35 fighter jets and torpedo attacks by submarines or anti-ship missiles of the United States and Japan.