China announces naval exercise

The US will be watching.

China Announces South China Sea Exercise

China announced on Friday that it will conduct combat exercises in the South China Sea but did not specify a commencement date. The news follows Friday’s freedom of navigation operation conducted by the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin. The vessel sailed near Mischief Reef, part of the Chinese-occupied Spratly Islands. However, China said in a statement that the training was routine and not aimed at any specific country or target.

It is possible that the PLA Navy’s aircraft carrier Liaoning aircraft carrier will take part; the vessel has been tracked sailing south from Taiwan.

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