RIM-PAC to showcase maritime might, China to launch third aircraft carrier | Latest News India

India will send a stealth frigate and a P8I anti-submarine war reconnaissance aircraft to 26 countries in the biannual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise from June 29 to August 4 in the disputed Indo-Pacific with exercises around the Hawaiian Islands and South Pacific from June 29 to August 4. California.

Hosted by the US Indo-Pacific Command, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine land forces, approximately 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are expected to participate in the exercise, including the QUAD countries, the UK, France and Germany.

The multilateral exercise comes at a time when China is expected to launch its third aircraft carrier (Type 003) this month, as the war in Ukraine has cast a long war shadow over Beijing’s goal of taking Taiwan by force. Last month, PLA Navy practiced off the coast of Okinawa by landing and taking off some 300 planes from its first aircraft carrier, Liaoning.

Sensing the threat to the region, Japan has decided to make important decisions to bolster its security with Russia and China now routinely holding war games in the Sea of ​​Japan. While Japan is expected to strategically review its pacificist stance last year, Tokyo is sending its largest warship to the RIMPAC with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (the first Japanese prime minister to do so) expected to participate in NATO’s summit in Spain later this month. .

The protracted war in Ukraine and China’s militancy in the Indo-Pacific have awakened pacifist countries like Japan to growing national security concerns. While India monitors the economic and military costs of the war in Ukraine, Japan is expected to make its latest military technology available to countries like India after the strategic review is completed. Tokyo has already doubled its defense budget, knowing that any attack on Taiwan by China will trigger a response from Tokyo.

Threat perception in the Indo-Pacific has increased with the Xi Jinping regime using its military and economic strength to forge defense pacts with distant Pacific islands such as Soloman, Kiribati and Vanuatu Islands in the Oceania region. While the response to the Chinese rapprochement during Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s ten-day visit to Oceania was not what the Chinese communists expected, it has set alarm bells ringing among QUAD partners. China’s clear military goal in seeking military bases in Oceania is to bypass the first island chain shielding the South China Sea and move to the far Pacific Ocean to create security hurdles for the US Pacific Command and the regional influence of China. threaten Australia.

Just as India’s QUAD partners are building to control every Chinese militancy in the Pacific, India is also securing the Indian Ocean with its first aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, which will begin patrols later this month after a major renovation. India’s second aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, is undergoing sea testing and will be commissioned on 15 August 2022.

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