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Aircraft carrier exercises in the South China Sea

China is conducting a series of maneuvers with its 2019 commissioned aircraft carrier Shandong in the South China Sea. The exercise was described as routine training, Reuters reports. A spokesman for the armed forces said the Chinese navy would continue to go through its military exercises on schedule. The People’s Liberation Army already announced last month that it would hold such maneuvers more frequently. They are seen as a show of strength in the conflict over Taiwan and large parts of the South China Sea, which China considers part of its territory. At the same time, the aircraft carrier deployment raises tensions. Chinese fighter jets had already entered Taiwan’s air defense zone in large numbers in April. US President Joe Biden sent an unofficial US delegation to Taipei last month to show his support. The German military plans to send a frigate to the South China Sea this summer (China.Table reported). nib

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