July 31, 2015 - Admiral Yin Zhuo of the People's Liberation Army Navy said that the exercise launched in the disputed South China Sea on July 28 was to test the capability of the Second Artillery Corps, China's strategic missile force, to sink enemy warships, according to the state-run People's Daily.
During the exercise, the abilities of China's Type 052C, Type 052D guided-missile destroyers and Type 054A guided missile frigates to defeat enemy aircraft, missile and electronic reconnaissance were tested under the coordination of the navy's air force and the Second Artillery Corps. Yin Zhou said that the Chinese warships successfully disabled the radar systems of the enemy early warning aircraft with the assistance of the electronic warfare units in Guangzhou Military Region.
At the same time, the exercise allowed the Second Artillery Corps to test its own anti-ship ballistic missile such as the DF-21 as well. Known as the carrier killer, the DF-21D was developed Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy, particularily to sink large warship. Yin Zhuo said those missiles are extremely hard to intercept after they are launched. The Second Artillery Corps has the right to deploy those missiles when China's homeland and islands were attacked, he said.
Yin also said that the exercise was launched to simulate a campaign-level combat simulation. "Even if a war between China and other nations really start in the region of South China Sea, it will not go beyond this level" said Yin. He said that the exercise was launched for political reasons to prove that China has the capability to defend its territory. It was not launched against any country, but the exercise should serve as a warning to rival claimants to the the Spratly islands according to the Chinese admiral.
Beijing lays claim to almost the entirety of the South China Sea and its islands, amid competing claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia. China has recently been pushing its claims, including extensive land reclamation activities on islands it controls with a view to establishing permanent military facilities.