Chinese navy holds live-fire drill in E.China Sea Published: 2012-7-10 17:44:00

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Navy to hold live ammunition drill in E.China Sea amid islands spat

The Chinese navy is to conduct a six-day live ammunition drill in the East China Sea starting on July 10.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy issued a ban on fishing and sailing that was dated July 2 with specific indications of areas that will be covered in the war game.

                                        The areas for live-fire drill

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●The live-fire drill is part of an annual exercise conducted in the East China Sea, regularly held around the same time and in the same area, Song Xiaojun, a military affairs commentator, told China National Radio.

●It's impossible for any navy to temporarily organize a drill to counteract the others since it usually needs at least six months to prepare for it, Meng Xiangqing, deputy director of the Strategic Research Institute at the National Defense University of the PLA, said.

●Korea-based Joongang Daily reported on July 9 that analysts think that China's naval drill in East China Sea this time is a warning to Japan.

●Japan-based Kyodo News reported on July 8 that the drill may aim at US and the Philippines, as the joint military drill of the two countries in South China Sea has not finished yet.

●Singapore-based reported on July 9 that this kind of drill is actually quite normal for Chinese navy in the East China Sea. The drill areas are far away to the Diaoyu Islands.

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