- China Closes East Seas for Fresh Round of ‘Large-Scale’ Military Drills
Shortly after wrapping up the initial stage of the first-ever joint Russia-China drills in European waters, Beijing has reportedly blocked out a swath of ocean off the country’s east coast for a fresh series of “large-scale” military drills.
“Large-scale military activities” are being held between the eastern port city of Lianyungang, in Jiangsu province, and Qingdao, in Shandong province, home to the navy’s North Sea Fleet, AP reported, citing a notice from the government of Lianyungang.
Around 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 square miles) of the Yellow Sea will be off-limits for commercial shipping until Saturday, according to AP.
On Thursday, the Chinese and Russian navies concluded the first stage of joint military drills in the Baltic Sea, code-named ‘Joint Sea 2017.’ Two tactical assault groups involving warships from both sides – including the Chinese missile destroyer ‘Hefei’ and missile frigate ‘Yuncheng’ – carried out a range of drills, from ship-to-sea firing by secondary guns to maritime search and rescue.