China Intensifies Military Drills In South China Sea
China has intensified military drills over the past few days in the disputed South China Sea as part of its routine exercises, according to the Chinese Defense Ministry.
China’s navy has in recent days organized a fleet to go to the waters in the South China Sea to carry out exercises.
“This action is a routine arrangement made in accordance with this year’s naval training plan,” the ministry statement said, without specifying the exact location of the drills, Press TV reported.
Pictures emerged recently online showing Chinese navy ships carrying out live-fire exercises in the region.
China has been constructing artificial bases on the Spratly Islands over the past year. The archipelago encompasses over 750 islands and reefs. Beijing claims sovereignty over all of the Spratlys and a 12-nautical-mile zone surrounding the islands.