• The Chinese Defense Ministry final week urged the US to restrain its front-line forces within the air and seas close to China.

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PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2021 03:38 PM IST

China’s Shandong plane service group has lately performed routine annual workout routines within the South China Sea, the People’s Liberation Army mentioned Sunday, after Beijing criticized the U.S. for sending Navy ships into the strategic space.

The Chinese Defense Ministry final week urged the U.S. to restrain its front-line forces within the air and seas close to China. U.S. reconnaissance plane and warships have grow to be extra lively round China since President Biden took workplace, it mentioned.

The South China Sea is especially contentious as a result of China’s smaller neighbors even have competing claims to one of many world’s busiest sea lanes, which Beijing claims just about in its entirety. China has constructed a number of man-made islands within the disputed waters in what the U.S. says is a transfer to militarize the realm.

Navy spokesperson Gao Xiucheng mentioned in a press release that the workout routines have been utterly official and a part of safeguarding nationwide sovereignty, safety and growth pursuits, in addition to sustaining regional peace and stability.

“We hope the outside world will view it in an objective and rational way. In the future, the Chinese navy will continue to hold similar exercises as planned,” mentioned Gao.

The Shandong is the second Chinese plane service to enter service after the Liaoning, which was initially bought as a hulk from Ukraine and completely refurbished.

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