Chinese Navy Runs Anti-Aircraft Drills in South China Sea After B-52 Flyby

Sputnik News – June 16, 2018

Two B-52 heavy bombers flew “in the vicinity of the South China Sea,” US Pacific Air Forces said June 6.

While US Navy warships sometimes conduct “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea as a way to challenge what Washington maintains are Beijing’s excessive maritime claims, flying the potentially nuclear-armed B-52s over the waterway represented an “escalation,” Business Insider reported Friday.

On Friday, the PLA-Navy practiced its responses to an aerial attack on islands in the South China Sea. Chinese forces targeted three unmanned aerial vehicles flying in formation “at varying heights and directions” as part of efforts to improve the force’s fighting ability, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a PLA Daily report.

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping “stressed building an elite maritime force to resolutely accomplish various missions entrusted by the Party and the people” while visiting a navy outpost, Xinhua reports.

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