VIDEO: Shooting Missiles! China Naval Exercises in East China Sea

Tue Aug 2, 2016 13:52:00

China’s navy has fired dozens of missiles and torpedoes during exercises in the East China Sea that come amid heightened maritime tensions in the region, underscoring Beijing’s determination to back up its sovereignty claims with force if needed.

The Defense Ministry on Tuesday said the East China Sea exercises were aimed at improving the “intensity, precision, stability and speed” of its forces amid an environment of strong electromagnetic forces that result from modern electronic warfare.

The live-fire drills that began Monday follow China’s strident rejection of an international arbitration panel’s ruling last month that invalidated Beijing’s claims to a vast swath of the South China Sea.

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