China began a period of naval maneuvers in jurisdictional waters of the South Sea and – in the opinion of analysts – it will be a deterrent to provocations from the United States and the West.
The operations will extend throughout the month of March in a circular area with a radius of five kilometers and which will be closed to navigation in that period, specified a brief statement from the Maritime Security Administration.
Local observers see the exercises as a strong response to ongoing US military incursions into the area, such as the dispatch of ships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.
They also estimate that they will serve as a warning to France, as it deployed an assault ship and a frigate in the South Sea in February.
Since the previous summer, the PLA carried out frequent real combat drills in different maritime areas of China in order to coordinate and articulate its actions by air, land and sea surface in the event of a possible military conflict scenario.