Saturday, December 12, 2015

More Chinese Military Drills in South China Sea

China's navy has carried out more exercises in the disputed South China Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year. The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims.

 "The People's Liberation Army Navy in recent days organized a fleet to go to relevant seas in the South China Sea, by way of the Western Pacific, to carry out exercises," China's Defence Ministry said in a brief statement. "This action is a routine arrangement made in accordance with this year's naval training plan," it added, without elaborating.

Pictures on social media accounts of Chinese state media have in recent days shown pictures of Chinese navy ships engaged in live-fire exercises in the South China Sea, without saying where exactly they took place.

China has been at odds with the United States of late over the strategic waterway.

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