On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in a case brought by the Philippines that China has no right to resources within a U-shaped, nine-dash demarcation line used by Beijing to claim nearly the entire South China Sea.
In the meeting between Adm. Wu Shengli and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, state-controlled media reported Wu told Richardson China would complete its push to outfit several artificial islands off the coast of the Philippines despite an global arbitration tribunal ruling last week that invalidated China's expansive claims in the South China Sea.
The statement provided details of the closing but did not specify the type of exercises or the reason behind the drills.
President Rodrigo Duterte has said he is ready for talks with China to try to solve their maritime dispute, after his government won an worldwide arbitration case that challenged Beijing's vast claims. The U.S. called upon China to respect other countries' sovereign claims in the South China Sea, which include the Philippines, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
The patrols by the H-6K, a relatively new aircraft with nuclear strike capability, would become "regular practice" in the future, air force spokesman Shen Jinke said.
ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) which has two offshore blocks in South China Sea allotted by Vietnam does not perceive any threat to production, an OVL director said on condition of anonymity.
Six governments claim territory in the South China Sea, although the area where the Chinese naval exercises are being held is not considered a particular hotspot.
In addition to its naval drill announcement, Chinese officials also said that it won't stop construction on the islands or reefs in the South China Sea, Russia Today reported...
China has boycotted the arbitration and said it would ignore the ruling but some observers say the verdict could prompt Beijing to start reclaiming land and building facilities on Scarborough Shoal, a South China Sea outcrop also claimed by the Philippines.
China continues to show the world it is beyond the U.N. Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling on the South China Sea by announcing on Friday, just four days after the verdict came out in favor of the Philippines, that it plans to launch a series of offshore nuclear power platforms.
State media also reported the head of China's navy saying on Monday that China will not halt the construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea. "We don't taunt or flaunt it", he said.
Similarly, the Pentagon has deployed B-52 bombers over the South China Sea, citing "freedom of navigation".
During a closed-door forum on Monday, Sun Jianguo, admiral and deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission, stressed that freedom of navigation has never been threatened, but added that further acts of military aggression could have dire consequences. John Richardson, to discuss the South China Sea dispute and ways to boost interactions between the two militaries.