The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force conducted its first military training in Pacific Ocean via Luzon Strait located between Batanes and Taiwan on March 30, 2015. This was confirmed by a spokesman for PLA Air Force.
“Training in the airspace far from China is an effective way for the PLA Air Force to temper its combat capability and also a common practice of world powers’ air forces,” PLAAF spokesperson Colonel Shen Jinke said.
The PLAAF spokesman said new-type bomber planes flew to the west of Pacific Ocean for training via the Bashi Channel (part of Luzon Strait) on March 30 and returned on the same day after finishing the training and achieving the given goal.
China’s Air Force spokesman added that the said training was in accordance with relevant international laws and practices and is not aimed at any country or target and poses no threat to any country or region.