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China Review News: The PLA Navy Conducts a Live-Ammunition Exercise in the South China Sea

According to China Review News (, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted a live-ammunition training exercise in the South China Sea on July 26, 2010. The main destroyers of the three PLA Navy fleets, i.e., the North China Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea Fleets, participated in the exercise.

Since the news of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier coming to the Yellow Sea was released, the PLA has conducted several exercises. According to Liu Jiang-Ping, a famous Chinese military expert, the frequency and intensity of all of the exercises surpassed those done in the past.

Liu pointed out that the Chinese military has improved its capabilities in long-distance mobility, striking deep inside the enemy, and in combined arms combat operations in these military exercises in the coastal waters. This shows the PLA’s determination in resisting the enemy outside of its national borders and territorial waters.

Source: China Review News, July 30, 2010