Chinese navy begins training exercises in South China Sea

2015-07-22 09:52
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Bangkok - The Chinese navy began training exercises in the South China Sea on Wednesday, state media reported.

The 10-day military drills were launched amid heightened tensions over the sovereignty of the South China Sea. Several Asian countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam and others, claim jurisdiction over the waters and their islands.

During the training, China would allow "no vessel to enter the designated maritime areas," said China's Maritime Safety Administration, according to Xinhua news agency.

Last weekend, Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, took part in a seven-hour surveillance flight over the South China Sea, a sign of increasing US concern about the disputed waters, the report said.

A Chinese officer in the People's Liberation Army said that the latest military drills were planned months ago and do not reflect any escalation of the situation, the report said.

"Of course, no country will conduct military training without any purpose, but this time there is no evidence to subjectively link an ordinary drill to a third party," Major General Zhu Chenghu said, according to Xinhua.

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