Chinese J-31 stealth fighter.
|China’s PLA Navy has launched its largest ever live-fire drill in the South China Sea days before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague is set to issue a ruling.|
The PLA Daily said that “the drill focuses on air control operations, sea battles and anti-submarine warfare.”
|The exercises come just a few weeks after the U.S. also showed a display of force in the South China Sea, off the coast of the Philippines, by sending two aircraft carrier battle groups.|
The aircraft carriers, USS John C. Stennis and USS Ronald Reagan, and their respective strike groups, launched a three day joint operation, while carrying out a variety of training, including air defense drills, defensive air combat training, long-range strikes and sea surveillance.