According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese military is holding a missile training exercise to attack smaller ships and naval bases.

Satellite images from the US Naval Institute (USNI) show the training is conducted at a base in the Taklamakan desert, Xinjiang.

Lu Li-shih, a former instructor at the Taiwan Naval Academy in Kaohsiung, said that the layout of the exercise’s objectives is very similar to that of Suao Naval Base in Yilan District, northeast of Taiwan.

He said that the target ship in the training’s site is similar to the Kidd-class destroyer in the Taiwanese naval base.

Judging from the mock-up and drill designs, the expert said the Chinese warships would use its YJ-21 anti-ship missile to simulate precision strikes toward targets located at Guam naval base and Suao military port.

Collin Koh, a research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said the People’s Liberation Army’s missiles are likely to target U.S. carrier strike groups. U.S. amphibious ready groups and force concentrations in Guam are also under the scope of attack.

The researcher said Suao would also be the priority target of the Chinese military missiles. Because it is a strategic port designed to keep Taiwan’s access to maritime supply chains open in times of war.

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