China conducted military drills in the South China sea.
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On Thursday, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced that it conducted ‘high intensity’ naval exercises.
Chinese military planes, H-6G and H-6J bombers were seen carrying out ‘high intensity training, and completed day-and-night training exercises in taking off and landing, long-range assault, and attacks on sea targets,’ the defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said at a press conference on Thursday.
The spokesman said that the routine exercises achieved the expected results. Tensions are running high in the region since China decided to build artificial lands with military installations a few years back.
China is claiming most of the South China sea as theirs, and has warned countries in the region not to enter their territory. The region is believed to have oil and gas deposits. This has infuriated countries, which all have a claim in the South China sea. These are Vietnam, Philippines,Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.
Earlier this month the United States declared that China’s territorial claims in the South China sea is illegal. Read more about it here:
Australia has also rejected several of China’s claims. The US conducted several ‘freedom of navigation operations’ in the South China Sea in an attempt to warn them. The US navy also reported that they have sent warships to the Paracel islands. These islands have been occupied by Chinese forces and are equipped with surface-to-air missiles.