China holds naval exercises

China conducted new naval exercises on Wednesday, according to a report quoting maritime officials amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea and when President Xi Jinping urged the military to focus on war readiness and combat capabilities.

The state-owned Global Times quoted the country’s Maritime Safety Agency as saying that drilling was taking place in the Bohai Sea in northeast China from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday 10:00 p.m. – Wednesday 9:00 a.m. GMT).


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