China held a military exercise in the South China Sea this week and will hold another on Saturday. One of the exercises on Tuesday was said to have involved more than 100 ships, including some with nuclear devices.
Chinese state media reported that many ships took part in the “live-fire” exercises on Tuesday. They reported that many aircraft and “several missile launch battalions” with an “unknown number of information-warfare troops” also took part.
China’s defense ministry began warning shipping companies and countries in the area about the military exercises 10 days ago. It said the training would take place southeast of Hainan Island, close to the Paracel Islands — which Vietnam claims — and north of the Spratly Islands.