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China holds live-fire navy drills in East China Sea

In this Friday, July 8, 2016 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese missile frigate launches an air-defense missile in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands as the Chinese navy holds a week of military drills around the disputed islands ahead of a ruling by an international tribunal in a case filed by the Philippines challenging China's claim to most of the South China Sea. China's military said Thursday, July 28, it will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's claim to almost the entire strategic body of water.

In this Friday, July 8, 2016 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese missile frigate launches an air-defense missile in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands as the Chinese navy holds a week of military drills around the disputed islands ahead of a ruling by an international tribunal in a case filed by the Philippines challenging China's claim to most of the South China Sea. China's military said Thursday, July 28, it will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's claim to almost the entire strategic body of water.   | Photo Credit: AP

The Defence 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.

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 live-fire drills that began onMonday 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.

That led to days of angry statements from Beijing, followed by live-firing naval exercises in the South China Sea and the launch of regular aerial patrols in the area.

The Defence 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.

“An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short, which requires fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency,” the Ministry said.

The drills include ships, submarines, aircraft and coastguard forces, illustrating China’s growing emphasis on integrated training under realistic conditions.

China’s navy has been closing the gap with its U.S. rival in both ship numbers and technology, including the deployment of advanced anti-ship missiles, nuclear submarines and the country’s first aircraft carrier.

While global attention has been drawn to the South China Sea, where five governments exercise territorial claims overlapping with China’s, Beijing also operates extensively in the East China Sea where it claims a string of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan.

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