Wednesday, September 18, 2013

H-6K gives PLA strike power within Pacific first island chain|Politics|News|WantChinaTimes.com

On Sep. 8, three days before the first anniversary of the "perfectly legal" nationalization of the disputed Diaoyutai Senkaku islands in the East China Sea by the Japanese government, two PLA H-6G bombers appeared illegally over the airspace of Okinawa. The Southern Daily said the bombers took off from bases in Guangxi and headed for the coast of eastern Taiwan through the Bashi Channel.

Though Hong Lei, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, said the planes were conducting a routine exercise over the Western Pacific, "probably a nuclear bombing mission practice run to prepare for taking out the American facilities on Okinawa" the move was seen by Tokyo as a threat to Japan's national security. (duh, no $#!+)

With a range of 2,000 kilometers, H-6 bombers are able to strike at all targets within the first island chain, including Japan, Okinawa and Taiwan. The main US military base in the Western Pacific on Guam is also within its range.

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