Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands
|China kicked off military exercises in the disputed South China Sea, east Indian Ocean and West Pacific involving advanced warships, helicopters and “special warfare” soldiers. Three naval ships of China’s Nanhai Fleet left a naval port in Sanya, Hainan Province on Wednesday, kicking off a combat drill.|
Guided missile destroyer Hefei.
|The three ships include missile destroyer Hefei, missile frigate Sanya and supply ship Honghu.|
Missile frigate Sanya
|China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea - a major shipping lane rich in natural resources. Over half of the world’s commercial shipping passes through the waterway.|