Defense Spokesman: Exercise in South China Sea is within annual training plan

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China Military Online
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Zhang Tao
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2016-07-12

Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), answers reporters' questions on July 12, 2016. (mod.gov.cn/Li Xiaowei)
 

BEIJING, July 12 (ChinaMil) -- China's Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced that the training exercise carried out by the Navy recently in the South China Sea is a routine arrangement within the annual training plan of the Chinese PLA.

"Based on possible situations that may arise at sea and focused on winning information-based local wars on the sea, the training exercise aims to improve the PLA Navy's capabilities of performing missions and tasks," Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), said on July 12, 2016.

Yang made the above-mentioned remarks when responding to the question that "Most people believed that the PLA Navy's recent training exercise in the South China Sea was related to the upcoming ruling of the South China Sea arbitration case initiated by the Philippines."

Yang expressed that the Chinese government’s position on the South China Sea arbitration case initiated by the Philippines is consistent and clear, stressing that "No matter what kind of ruling is to be made, China’s sovereignty, rights and interests in the South China Sea will not be affected. No matter what kind of ruling is to be made, the Chinese military will firmly safeguard its national sovereignty, security and maritime rights and interests, unwaveringly safeguard regional peace and stability and deal with all kinds of threats and challenges."

 
 

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