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China engages in Australia’s largest maritime drill for first time

SYDNEY: China is participating for the first time in Australia’s largest maritime exercise as more than 3,000 personnel from 27 countries engage in joint training off the strategic northern port of Darwin. Exercise Kakadu is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region, enabling them to establish familiarity which helps to prevent conflict on the high seas and to coordinate disaster relief efforts. Commander Anita Sellick of the Australian frigate HMAS Newcastle said two Royal Australian Navy…

Taiwan warns of increasing threat as Chinese warships conduct drill

TAIPEI: Taiwan warned on Tuesday that "the threat of our enemies is growing day by day", as Chinese warships led by the country's sole aircraft carrier sailed towards the island province of Hainan through the South China Sea on a routine drill. China has given few details of what the Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier is up to, save that it is on a routine exercise. Taiwan has said the aircraft carrier skirted waters outside of its eastern air defense identification zone. The carrier is expected to arrive at a…

China aircraft carrier to lead Pacific drills for first time

BEIJING: China's navy plans a training exercise in the Pacific that would include for the first time its sole aircraft carrier, state media reported -- a move likely to ratchet up regional tensions.  The duration of the drill and the route of the flotilla were not known. But the Soviet-made carrier is based in the northeastern city of Dalian, suggesting the fleet would enter the Pacific through a disputed island chain between Taiwan and Japan. "A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, headed…