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Chinese Navy to conduct live-fire exercises in waters near Zhoushan Islands


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is going to conduct series of maritime live-fire training exercises in waters of Zhoushan Islands, from August 16th to 17th, according to the navigation notices released on the website of the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on August 6, 2020.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The PLA is staging live-fire drills at the northern end of the Taiwan Strait this week. (Picture source: AP)


Two live-fire military exercises will be held near Zhoushan, an archipelago some 550km (340 miles) north of Taiwan. A three-day drill will start on Tuesday, followed by a two-day drill starting on August 16, according to a notice released by the China Maritime Safety Administration on Thursday.

The drills will take place every day between 6 am and noon. Other vessels are prohibited from entering the designated area during the exercises.

Both China and the United States have conducted military activities recently, with the People’s Liberation Army conducting a series of air force drills near Taiwan while the US Navy regularly conducts operations in the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan concluded its own annual live-fire military exercise last month, which President Tsai Ing-wen described as a sign of the island’s determination to defend itself.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Photo taken on May 4, 2019, shows the naval forces participating the “Joint Sea-2019” exercise. (Picture source: Xinhua/Li Ziheng/IANS)