The CHINESE government announces its plan to conclude next week a military drills over South China Sea amid the ruling of Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) favoring the Philippines in claiming the disputed region.
The Southeast part of Hainan will be the area of the exercises, according to the island’s maritime administration but the latter refuses to give further details on the drills’ nature.
Currently six countries has a claim in the region, most of the areas where dominated by the Chinese government and the latter stage a regular live firing exercises.
The declaration of the drills was come out amid the three-day visit of US Navy’s admiral John Richardson in China in order to discuss the South China Sea dispute and to boost interactions between the two giant nation’s militaries.
Chinese navy head Adm. Wu Shengli, did not mention the possibility of discussing the international court’s decision in his opening remarks in a press briefing in Beijing Navy headquarters.
Wu noted the importance of the US admiral visit in strengthening military to military relations and maritime security.
It can be remembered the Chinese government refuses to accept the ruling of the the Hague-based Court of Arbitration, the ruling favoring the Philippines who latter said has a legal ownership over the region.