On April 29, the Ministry of National Defense held its monthly press conference, and spokesman Wu Qian had to respond to the issue of the Chinese aircraft carrier, which he suddenly said was not a “geek”. I don’t know if the spokesman made this up or if someone had prepared it in advance, but the name “geeks” is actually quite apt.
The Chinese Communist Party’s Xinhua News Agency also came along and quickly reported that the Ministry of National Defense responded to the Liaoning ship’s training in the South China Sea in the Taiwan Strait: the aircraft carrier is not a geek, and voyages will be the norm.
The term “geeks” generally refers to people who stay at home and don’t want to go out much. In April 2020, the Liaoning aircraft carrier sailed as far as the Philippine Sea and then returned, a round trip of about 20 days. A year later, the Liaoning sailed again, this time staying near Hainan Island for a few more days, and should now be back at its home port in Qingdao in less than a month. The Liaoning will be out once a year for less than a month, so it is still a “geek”.
The spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense said that the Chinese aircraft carrier is not a “geek”, which is exactly the opposite. In December 2019, the Shandong was handed over at Hainan Island with Xi Jinping’s personal participation, but the Shandong soon returned to the Dalian shipyard, presumably not really completed or with major problems. It was a once-a-year trip, with an even shorter travel time.
Seeing the increased deployment of U.S. forces in the South China Sea, the Chinese Communist Party has purposely caused the Liaoning to sail near Hainan Island, perhaps primarily for the purpose of filming a naval propaganda film. The Shandong aircraft carrier is already on Hainan Island, but there is no news of its departure, so it is obviously more “geeky” than the Liaoning. The CCP’s aircraft carrier has only been deployed once in the past year, so it should have felt sorry for itself and came up with the term “geek” to dispel the rumors, but it just confirms that the CCP’s aircraft carrier is not useful.
In contrast, as long as the U.S. aircraft carriers are not under overhaul, they are generally deployed for six months and maintained for six months, so the gap between the CCP carriers is too great. The Chinese Communist Party is not only worse in terms of carrier power, tonnage, carrier aircraft, catapults and other such hardware, but also in terms of training level, tactical quality and combat experience, which can be reflected in this trip of the Liaoning aircraft carrier.
On April 29, Xinhua News Agency also reported “Ministry of National Defense: Chinese Navy Ships Warned and Dismissed USS Mastin from Close Reconnaissance”, stating that “the U.S. Navy website released a photo of the destroyer captain of the USS Mastin observing the Liaoning ship at close range. The U.S. Navy’s website posted photos of the USS Mastin destroyer captain observing the Liaoning ship up close, and U.S. soldiers tweeted a video of the Liaoning ship’s carrier aircraft taking off and landing. A spokesman for the Chinese Communist Party’s Ministry of National Defense also acknowledged that “the USS ‘Mastin’ destroyer has continued to conduct close reconnaissance of the Chinese naval formation” and “warned the U.S. ship to drive it away,” adding “Since the current U.S. administration took office, the frequency of U.S. warship activity in China’s immediate waters has increased by more than 20 percent over the same period last year, and the frequency of reconnaissance aircraft activity has exceeded 40 percent.”
The CCP took the initiative to acknowledge that the Liaoning was intercepted by a U.S. destroyer and also revealed the increased deployment of U.S. forces, but failed to mention that it was the CCP’s significant increase in provocations against U.S. forces that led to the intensification of the U.S.-China military standoff. If the Chinese aircraft carrier had been a “geek”, it wouldn’t have made such a big mess.
The U.S. military only sent a destroyer to expose the Chinese carrier fleet’s lack of real combat power, and the frigate could not even maintain a normal formation to sail out to sea, let alone drive away.
Recently, the U.S. Navy demonstrated how to drive away. on April 26, three Iranian attack speedboats attempted to approach U.S. warships in the international waters of the Persian Gulf, and after repeated warnings, the U.S. military fired a direct warning shot and drove the Iranian vessels away.
I don’t know what kind of repulsion was used by the Liaoning carrier fleet that should not have worked, but was repeatedly looked at as a joke. The U.S. aircraft carrier Roosevelt did not choose to confront the Liaoning, which should have been deemed unnecessary, but the U.S. carrier demonstrated a wide range of maneuvering navigation, perhaps with the intention of showing the Chinese Communist carrier.
As the Liaoning carrier entered the South China Sea, the Roosevelt carrier quickly arrived at Guam and then quickly returned to the South China Sea a day later. While the Liaoning began its return journey, the Roosevelt carrier had sailed to the Bering Sea. The U.S. military should also show the Chinese Communist Party what ocean-going training is all about. The Chinese Communist Party aircraft carriers are indeed “homebodies”, going out once in a while and not daring to go far, only sailing in the East China Sea, Taiwan Sea and South China Sea. The latest satellite images show that the U.S. destroyers have at least crossed over the Chinese supply ships and inserted into the fleet of Chinese carriers. In real combat, if the supply ships are dropped or destroyed, the Chinese carriers should immediately turn around and return to port.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense blames the United States, Japan, India, Australia and France for joint naval training, but it is precisely because of the Chinese Communist Party’s blatant expansion and provocation that countries are nervous and have to guard against it. The Chinese Communist Party claims that its aircraft carriers are not “geeks” and that “long voyages will be the norm”, so if the Chinese Navy is not afraid to continue to make a fool of itself, it can sail again.