The People’s Liberation Army Navy is ready to launch two major exercises in the disputed South and East China Seas between July 26 and Aug. 1 to demonstrate its fighting prowess to Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan, according to the Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao.
China’s State Oceanic Administration of China announced that the exercises will take place in the Gulf of Tonkin, a body of water off the coast of northern Vietnam and southern China, and the East China Sea, where the disputed Diaoyutai (Senkaku) islands are located. No civilian vessels and aircraft are allowed to enter the region between July 27 and Aug. 2, according to official Chinese statement. Any ships operating near the regions must obey orders given by China’s coast guard vessels.
Airports and flights connecting through cities near China’s east coast, including Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Jinan, Hefei, Wuxi, Ningbo, Qingdao, Zhenzhou and Lianyungang, have been cancelled and delayed because of their close distance to both Nanjing and the Jinan Military Regions. Major military exercises will continue to be carried out by the PLA until the middle of August, according to the report.
Full article: PLA Navy conduct naval exercises to ‘take back’ lost sea territories (Want China Times)