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China Justifies Drone Deployment on Yongxing Island

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Expert: China's Deploying Drones On Yongxing Island Is Normal

(Source: China Military Online; issued June 2, 2016)


BEIJING --- "China, for the first time, has deployed a drone with stealth technology to a contested island in the South China Sea," reported Fox News on May 26th, 2016.

In a recent interview with CCTV's Focus Today program, military expert Yin Zhuo said that the search and rescue in South China Sea is of China’s responsibility, so deploying drones there is very normal.

It is reported that "the newly obtained satellite images from Image Sat International (ISI) shows a Chinese Harbin BZK-005 long range reconnaissance drone on Yongxing Island in the South China Sea. The drone can remain airborne for up to 40 hours. The Chinese drone did not appear armed in the satellite image taken last month."

According to previous report, Harbin BZK-005, which has sometimes been described as China’s Global Hawk, is a medium/high altitude long range reconnaissance UAV for intelligence-gathering, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

Why the foreign media are keen to hype China’s operations on South China Sea, especially on the Yongxing Island? Wang Xiaopeng, a scholar studying issues pertinent to territorial seas at China's Academy of Social Sciences, said that the policy of America’s “Rebalance to Asia-Pacific” has put dual pressure on China.

On the one hand, the U.S. operates military exercises frequently according to the so called “freedom of navigation operation”, exerting pressure on China’s maritime areas. On the other hand, the U.S. holds the theory of “China Threat”, especially “China’s threat on maritime region”, exerting psychological stress and stress of public opinions on China. Whether China operates reasonably or not, the U.S. will not see the matter in its proper perspective.

Wang pointed that the U.S. has many ways to “internationalize” the South China Sea issue. It stirs up conflicts with other related countries, making South China Sea a disputed area. And also, it makes the South China Sea issue become more complicated and extended.

When it comes to what’s the positive meaning for China to deploy drones on Yongxing Island, Yin Zhuo said that “China's islands and reefs in the South China Sea are far away from land. There are many difficulties in supply. Using drones can reduce the deployment of manpower. And the search and rescue in South China Sea is of China’s responsibility. So deploying drones here is very normal.”

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