GUANGZHOU, CHINA - Chinese military forces have demonstrated their operational "achievements" through repeated provocative action, such as approaching abnormally close to Self-Defence Force aircraft.
Backed by the Chinese government's reinforcement of its air force, the Chinese military is making preparations to establish a Chinese ADIZ over the South China Sea as well.
On Nov. 11, the same day the summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum closed in Beijing, the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition opened in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, a city near Hong Kong.
"President Xi Jinping has ordered us to accelerate the building of a strong air force," Zhang Honghe, deputy commander of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said at the opening ceremony.
Numerous state-of-the-art aircraft belonging to China's air force were shown to foreign media at the exhibition. They included such planes as the J-31, China's latest stealth fighter, and the KJ-2000, an early warning and control system plane.
The exhibition was meant to demonstrate the Chinese air force's strength to people at home and abroad, as this year marks the 65th anniversary of the air force's establishment.
It was a rare chance to see a KJ-2000 plane - military experts believe the Chinese military deploys those planes in the country's ADIZ over the East China Sea.
As with such provocative action as approaching abnormally close to SDF aircraft, publicly displaying a KJ-2000 plane was apparently meant to demonstrate China's air power to Japan and the United States.
It is also rumored that China is developing a successor model to the KJ-2000, called the KJ-3000. The new model is predicted to be a key player in warning and surveillance missions in China's ADIZ.
A source familiar with developments in the Chinese military said: "China will reinforce its monitoring systems by combining the use of balloons and naval ocean surveillance satellites. In the future, [the Chinese military] will deploy unmanned aerial vehicles."