Sunday, July 3, 2016

Ahead of Court Ruling China Plans South China Sea Drills

Reuters: China to hold drills in South China Sea ahead of court ruling

China will hold military drills around the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the maritime safety administration said on Sunday, ahead of a decision by an international court in a dispute between China and the Philippines.

China routinely carries out exercises in the South China Sea, where its territorial claims overlap in parts with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Tensions have been rising ahead of a July 12 ruling by an arbitration court hearing the dispute between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea in the Dutch city of The Hague.

In a brief online statement, China's maritime safety administration said the drills would take place from July 5-11, and gave coordinates for the drills that cover an area from the east of China's Hainan island down to and including the Paracels.

Other ships are prohibited from entering those waters during that time, it said, without further elaboration.

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More News on China Planning South China Sea Drills

China Plans South China Sea Drills Ahead of Court Ruling -- AP
China to Hold Military Exercises in South China Sea, Raising Tensions -- WSJ
Beijing announces South China Sea drills ahead of court’s verdict on disputed islands -- RT
Flexing Military Muscle: China To Hold Drills Days Before South China Sea Verdict -- Forbes

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