China’s Navy Takes Great Leap Forward

In February, two Chinese navy destroyers and a new amphibious vessel sailed through the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.

Weeks later, they returned from exercises in the Indian Ocean by taking a more circuitous route through other straits in the island nation’s exclusive economic zone.

It was the first time Chinese navy vessels had sailed those waters.

These passages followed a similar first, when Chinese ships last summer went through the Soya Strait between Japan and Russia.

China’s navy is growing, analysts said. And it’s not only the number of ships increasing. Modernization of its fleets is going hand in hand with new types of vessels including the stated goal of building indigenous aircraft carriers.….


Mebbe they’ll sail between the Korean peninsula & Japan, where Kim Il-sung can lob a few ballistic missiles at 'em!