Japan and Taiwan have said that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy dispatched the Liaoning aircraft carrier group, consisting of eight vessels, into the West Pacific.
The Liaoning and its five-ship strike group were first spotted approximately 350 kilometers (217 miles) southwest of Nagasaki prefecture’s Danjo islands on May 1, according to the statement. Another destroyer and a frigate joined the flotilla late on May 1 and early on May 2.
Among the Chinese warships spotted by Japan’s military were the Type 055 large-guided missile destroyer Nanchang, the Type 052D guided-missile destroyer Chengdu, and the Type 901 fast combat supply ship.
The ministry stated that Japan deployed the Izumo light aircraft carrier, P-1 maritime patrol aircraft, and P-3C anti-submarine aircraft to monitor the activities of the Chinese vessels.
Gao Xiucheng, a spokesperson of the PLA Navy, said on May 3 that the warships were on a routine combat training exercise in the West Pacific. Gao said the deployment was in line with international law and wasn’t targeted at any party.