According to CNA, the Japanese Ministry of Defense said on May 2 that the Liaoning and seven other warships headed south to the Pacific Ocean from the waters between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako Island. On May 3, Liaoning’s fighter jets and helicopters were reported to have made many takeoffs and landings.
According to strategic scholars, China’s Liaoning aircraft battle group is currently deployed near the eastern sea of Taiwan. Some of them have given their opinions based on this event.
Su Zi-yun, China’s Director of National Defense Resources and Industry Research, estimated the current location of the warship at about 500 kilometers east of Taiwan and in the Philippine Sea.
The U.S. and the UK discussed the security situation in the Taiwan Strait once more. In addition, Reuters reported that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida once again emphasized the need for stability in the Taiwan Strait on May 5.
Su Zi-yun said that politically China showed its dissatisfaction with the Taiwan issues through the training.
Furthermore, according to Jie Zhong, Associate Researcher at the National Policy Research Foundation, the Bashi Strait is a battleground for military strategists. He added that China strengthened and managed the southwest region through this move.
In addition, according to Lieutenant General Zhang Yanting, China’s move aims to conduct a cross-island chain tactical exercise.