Us lifts ban on nz naval ships from joining Chinese Navy in disputed South China Sea
Jets, helicopters and a plane took to the skies as Chinese soldiers began their latest exercise in the East China Sea early Wednesday.
China has continued to insist it is committed to keeping the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei free of illegal fishing 전립선and land grabbing.
ThCDC 철도청 카지노e Philippines says the military exercise will also be directed at countering terrorism, and it will last for five days. It has already deployed about 20,000 soldiers.
While China says it was merely holding the exercise for its own security and to ensure a sound military interoperability, it has been sharply criticized for deploying the armed forces to the South China Sea.
„It is the military exercise of an ally like us, not a threat from China or any of the claimant nations,“ Defense Secretar영주안마y Delfin Lorenzana said earlier this month during an international military-security forum in Manila.
Lorenzana had earlier said he was open to China helping train Filipino soldiers to fight crime. He said he would make a final decision on whether to let the military exercise take place again in the coming weeks.
In a speech last month, he also referred to the U.S. Navy as the „most active and most successful peacetime naval force.“ The deployment was seen by Washington as an attempt to reassure allies in the region after reports the U.S. Navy conducted exercises off the South China Sea.
China and the Philippines have been locked in a bitter territorial dispute that has escalated over the past three years amid rising tensions over a series of small, disputed islands in the South China Sea. Beijing has demanded they vacate the waterway.
On Saturday, China’s Defense Ministry said it was not aware of the exercise.
The military exercise of a member power was carried out without Chinese approval, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said at the time.
In the exercise, military planes, jets and helicopters and naval ships from a dozen countries took part in joint training drills.
(Reporting By Jim Miklaszewski; Editing by James Dalgleish)