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China says its carrier group conducts exercise in South China Sea

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BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) - China's Shandong aircraft carrier
task group recently conducted an exercise in the South China
Sea, the country's People's Liberation Army (PLA) said on
Sunday.
China has repeatedly complained about United States Navy
ships getting close to islands it occupies in the South China
Sea, where Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan
all also have competing claims.
U.S. carrier groups have sailed near Chinese-controlled
islands in the disputed waters several times this year, drawing
denunciation from China.
The exercise was described as routine training and part of
the Chinese navy's annual work plan. The Shandong entered
service in 2019 and is the newer of China's two carriers.
"It is completely legitimate and beneficial in improving the
country's ability to uphold national sovereignty and security,"
Gao Xiucheng, a spokesman from the PLA navy said in a statement.
Gao said China hopes the world will see the exercise from an
objective and rational viewpoint. He said the Chinese navy will
continue conducting such exercises according to its schedule.
China's navy said last month similar drills will come more
regularly amid escalating tensions with the island of Taiwan,
which Beijing claims as its sovereign territory. L1N2LZ01V

China says its carrier group conducts exercise in South China Sea
 

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