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PLA Navy Closes Part of the South China Sea for Live-Fire Exercises

File image of a Chinese PLA Navy Type 055 guided-missile destroyer accompanying the aircraft carrier Shandong during recent live fire exercises in the South China Sea. Image via the China Ministry of Defense.

The Chinese Navy blocked off a large swathe of the South China Sea on Tuesday for two days of live fire exercises, according to a statement by the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA).

Neither the MSA nor the PLA Navy provided details as to the specific location of the drills that are scheduled to end on Wednesday at 9am GMT.

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