BBC: China to hold military drills in South China Sea
China will hold military drills in the disputed South China Sea, ahead of a ruling by an international court on a challenge to its maritime claims.
They will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands, said a statement by the maritime safety administration.
China regularly holds such exercises even though Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims in the seas.
But tensions are running high ahead of the ruling expected next week.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague, Netherlands, has said it will issue a decision on 12 July on a challenge made by the Philippines to China's claims in the strategic and resource-rich region.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 4, 2016
Beijing announces military exercises in disputed South China Sea after saying it will IGNORE a UN tribunal expected to confirm it has no claim to the area -- Daily Mail
Beijing flexes military muscle ahead of South China Sea ruling -- News.com.au
Japan says Chinese military activity in East China Sea escalating -- Reuters
Beijing's Dream: Becoming a Maritime Superpower -- Michael McDevitt, National Interest
Chinese military unveils Rocket Force uniforms -- CCTV
Russia Orders Safety Overhaul in Tense Baltic Airspace -- AFP
Warplanes of Russian aircraft carrier to be used in Syria Oct-Jan — source -- TASS
Delivery of New Sukhoi T-50 Jets to Russian Aerospace Forces to Begin 2018 -- Sputnik
Putin Signs Law to Assign Veteran Status to Russian Military in Syria -- Sputnik
How Will Russia's New Missile-Tracking Ship Look? -- Sputnik
NATO-Russia Council meeting to focus on Alliance’s summit decisions — diplomat -- Sputnik
NATO preparing for NATO-Russia Council after summit in Warsaw — Stoltenberg -- TASS
NATO Chief: Surveillance Planes to Aid Anti-IS Operations -- AP
NATO Promises to Boost Anti-Terror Cooperation in Africa, Middle East -- Sputnik
NATO chief 'certain' of UK role despite Brexit -- AFP
NATO After Brexit -- Project Syndicate
Britain can leave NATO, too -- Politico
Fate of Nuclear Sub Base in Scotland Unclear after Brexit -- Military.com
What does Brexit mean for Trident, intelligence and national security? -- The Independent
The British military is facing an historic crisis -- Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring
Sweden's Saab Suffers Setback Selling Submarines -- Sputnik
German arms exports almost doubled in 2015: report -- Reuters
Afghanistan to Seek $25 Billion Security Funding at NATO Talks -- Bloomberg
Tokyo to review ‘one-sided’ privileged status of Americans working at US bases in Japan -- RT
DoD refining F-35 mission data update process -- IHS Jane's 360
US Air Force Funds Next Advanced Engine Stage -- Defense News
Military Freezing Mosquitoes to Guard Against Zika Virus -- Military.com
The Man the Army Pays to Cry -- Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast
Marine Corps Makes Biggest Changes To Fitness Standards In 40 Years -- Task & Purpose
What Air Force Bombing Runs Can Teach American Business About Talent Management -- Noah Smith, Fortune