China conducts naval drills in 3 seas

Jul 06, 2020

China conducts naval drills in 3 seas

Beijing (China), July 6: The Chinese navy has reportedly conducted exercises in three seas simultaneously, in an unusual move that is apparently intended to demonstrate the country's presence in the waters.
China Central Television and other state-run media report that the drills have been held in the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. It remains unknown exactly when and where the drill took place.
But they reportedly involved a new domestically-made missile frigate, a guided missile destroyer and live-fire exercises.
China has territorial disputes in the South China Sea with Vietnam and some other neighbors. The United States held a drill involving two aircraft carriers in the waters which likely coincided with the Chinese exercises.
A Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said last Thursday the country lodged a protest with China, saying the Chinese drill violates the country's sovereignty and complicates the situation in the South China Sea.
In the East China Sea, the Chinese coast guard is stepping up activities in the waters near the Senkaku Islands, prompting repeated protests by Japan.
Japan controls the islands. The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. China and Taiwan claim them.
Source: NHK World