The South China Sea is a extremely contested area and faces competing claims from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Diplomatic relations between the nations are already extraordinarily strained.
Over current months, Beijing has asserted its dominance within the area and has constructed a number of army bases on a few of the atolls.
Now, in keeping with China’s state broadcaster, plane assigned to the South Sea Fleet launched “hundreds of munitions” in the course of the Could 14 and 15 drills.
Throughout the workout routines, pilots skilled in “precision strike” and “saturation assault” as warplanes dropped bombs, anti-ship rockets and autocannon fireplace at floating targets within the sea.
Pictures shared on China’s Weibo social community web site present the drills befell simply off the coast of the Hainan province in southern China.
The International Instances mentioned the drills got here after a US warship was accused of “trespassing” into Chinese language territorial waters.
Final week, China “expelled” a US guided-missile destroyer after it was accused of “trespassing” into Beijing’s territorial waters.
A spokesman for China’s Southern Theatre Command mentioned China will “resolutely safeguard” its sovereignty and safety within the extremely contested area.
The US Navy launched an announcement explaining why the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Curtis Wilbur, was complying with worldwide regulation.
Fears have erupted over current weeks that beneath Chinese language President Xi Jinping, Beijing will use army pressure to reunify Taiwan with mainland China.
Chinese language International Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin mentioned final month: “I want to emphasise that abiding by the One China precept is among the issues that’s key to China-Australia relations.
“Taiwan is part of Chinese language territory which can’t be separated.
“The Taiwan challenge is completely China’s inner affair and is said to China’s core pursuits and we cannot settle for any exterior forces meddling or interfering on this.”
Strain is mounting on ‘Quad’ members – together with Australia, Japan, India and the US – to counter in opposition to China’s dominance over Taiwan.
Final weekend, the UK deployed HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Indo-Pacific area in a bid to assist in countering Beijing’s dominance.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned about China’s growing maritime assertiveness and careworn troops can be “assured however not confrontational”.
Mr Wallace added: “We should arise for our values and rights wherever they arrive beneath menace, not simply in our yard, however removed from our shores.
“This deployment exhibits that we’re robust on our personal, however even stronger with our allies.”
Nevertheless, issues had been raised concerning the safety dangers of crusing into the South China Sea.