The following is an excerpt from rt.com | December 26, 2016 |
A Chinese aircraft carrier along with five other vessels has passed through waters south of Taiwan on its way to what are reportedly the carrier’s first blue water drills in the Pacific. Japan says it is closely monitoring the exercises.
The ‘Liaoning’ carrier passed some 90 nautical miles south of Taiwan’s southernmost point through the Bashi Channel, between Taiwan and the Philippines.
The Liaoning, with its accompanying fleet, will carry out drills in the Western Pacific “in accordance with annual exercise plans,” the Chinese navy said in a statement on Saturday.
Tokyo will closely monitor the drill, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference on Monday, as reported by Reuters. The drill is largely seen as an indication of China’s growing military potential.
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