Beijing Uses Live Missiles in South China Sea Drills as Tensions Mount


missle fired from ship

Sputnik News – July 10, 2016

Amid escalating tensions over upcoming international court’s ruling on the South China Sea disputed areas, Beijing has kicked off maritime drills in the contested waters.

According to the PLA Daily, the Chinese military’s official newspaper, the state navy completed drills on Friday that engaged “live missiles” in the area between the Paracel Archipelago and Hainan Island. The vessels from the country’s northern, eastern and southern fleets took part in the exercises, the Defense Ministry reported.