Sunday, September 5, 2010

Spratly Islands, Part III

South Korea and the USA are scheduled to begin joint naval exercises today in the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea. To quote from a story in the BBC -

The latest drill, which will run until 9 September, "will focus on anti-submarine warfare tactics, including detecting and destroying North Korean submarines", an unidentified military official told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Meanwhile, the Chinese navy began its own series of live-fire "naval exercises" in the South China Sea on September 1st, exercises which official sources describe as -

"annual routine training, mainly involving the shooting of shipboard artillery"

In late August, China conducted a series of air exercises in the area, which were seen by many observers as a response to recent US interest in the region.

See also previous entries on the Spratly Islands dispute here and here

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