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Chinese J-11 fighter jets conduct air combat training in South China Sea

Posted by Dylan Malyasov on

Two J-11 fighter jets of People’s Liberation Army Navy fly in formation for a sortie during an air combat training exercise.

An aviation division of the South China Sea Fleet with the PLA Navy organized its J-11 fighter jets to conduct an air combat training exercise recently in undisclosed waters in the South China Sea.

Earlier China used its latest bomber, the H-6K, in recent patrol over Huangyan Island in South China Sea, that reported by Air Force spokesman.

The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometres (1,400,000 sq mi). The area’s importance largely results from one-third of the world’s shipping sailing through its waters and that it is believed to hold huge oil and gas reserves beneath its seabed.

Several countries have made competing territorial claims over the South China Sea. Such disputes have been regarded as Asia’s most potentially dangerous point of conflict. Both People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC, commonly known as Taiwan) claim almost the entire body as their own, demarcating their claims within what is known as the nine-dotted line, which claims overlap with virtually every other country in the region.

J-11 fighter jets (c) Liu Jiabing
J-11 fighter jets (c) Liu Jiabing
J-11 fighter jets (c) Liu Jiabing


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