China Begins Military Exercises in South China Sea

China Begins Month of Military Exercises in South China Sea
A Chinese naval Z-9 helicopter prepares to land aboard a Chinese naval frigate as the ship conducts a series of maneuvers and exchanges with a US destroyer in the South China Sea, in a file photo.

China launched a month of military exercises in the South China Sea on Monday and accused foreign countries of heightening tensions by increasing their military presence in those contested waters.

On Friday, China’s Maritime Safety Administration announced that an area of roughly 80 square kilometers in Chinese waters to the west of Guangzhou’s Leizhou Peninsula and north of Hainan Island would be closed for military exercises between March 1 and March 31.

These exercises come in the wake of numerous foreign military maneuvers in contested areas of the South China Sea, which appear to have drawn Beijing’s ire.

Full Story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/exercises-03012021171429.html

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