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Saturday, August 08, 2015

PLAAF plans to extend control to Western Pacific: report

H-6K bomberThe People's Liberation Army Air Force intend to expand their area of control to the Western Pacific, according to a report by Vassily Kashin, senior research fellow at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, published on Moscow-based Sputnik News, cited by China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times.

The source of the report is a leaked PLA Air Force report that the editorial team at Tokyo-based Kyodo News claim to have seen and which was subsequently heavily reported on in China's state media reports, which the Global Times cited as evidence that the aims laid out in the report are realizable.

The objectives and mission laid out in the report will not be a surprise to the international community, as the PLA have already made clear moves in this direction.

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