A Chinese naval strike group conducted a 48-hour non-stop combat drill in the western part of the Pacific Ocean under the close surveillance of US and Japanese warships, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday.
The drill, conducted on Sunday and Monday, involved some of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s most advanced warships.
A US destroyer, a Japanese destroyer along with two anti-submarine helicopters followed and monitored the drill from a visible distance, the website of the PLA Daily reported.
The warships were also involved in an exercise in the South China Sea earlier in the month, marking a rise in regional military tensions between China and the United States.
The vessels were from the PLA Navy’s South Sea Fleet and had left a naval base in Sanya, Hainan province, earlier this month.