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The Chinese army has launched two sets of military drills in waters off the country's east coast as tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea amid USA military presence in the region.

Senior Colonel Wu Qian, the spokesperson for China Defence Ministry, proclaimed that the missile can carry conventional or nuclear warheads and can carry out precision strikes on land and sea targets.

"The US is a destroyer and troublemaker of peace and stability in the South China Sea, which has been witnessed by the global community", he said.

An American warship sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the US Navy has said, challenging Beijing's claims on the resource-rich waterway and prompting a warning from the Chinese military.

Vice Admiral Scott D. Conn, the commander of the US 3rd Fleet and leader of the exercise, said in a telephone conference call on Thursday that China had the right to carry out military drills "within worldwide laws and norms".

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The Chinese military opposes and is not afraid of the United States side's recent escalating provocations against China, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands in July 2016.

"Secretary Esper and Minister Kono exchanged views on their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region". Certainly, the US army has mentioned roughly 95 p.c of the missiles within the Chinese language arsenal fall within the 500 to five, 500-km vary - which means key USA amenities all through Japan might already be inside vary of hundreds of difficult-to-defeat superior ballistic and cruise missiles. If effective, it could put at risk operations like those conducted last month by the two American carriers, the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz.

The test firings came a day after Beijing said a US Air Force U-2 spy plane entered a no-fly zone without permission during a Chinese naval exercise off its north coast. The Trump administration has rejected Beijing's claims of sovereignty over much of the disputed region this year.

Locsin, on Friday, said however that he would still have to coordinate with concerned agencies on the measures to be taken against the Chinese companies complicit on China's activities.

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He warned that the United States will take action until Washington is convinced that Beijing will stop its enforcement actions in the South China Sea.

The US Navy denied wrongdoing, referring to the "freedom of navigation" principle and noting that the USS Mustin was carrying out a "routine" operation.

Nonetheless, some have been involved about the opportunity of an unintended conflict, particularly within the South China Sea.

Task Force Ellis is created to provide a forward-deployed capability to respond to a variety of crises and contingencies throughout the region, to include supporting Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations, it said.

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