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China's aircraft carrier to drill in Western Pacific

By Agencies

China's aircraft carrier to drill in Western Pacific
This picture taken in Dec 2016 shows a Chinese J-15 fighter jet landing on the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the Bohai Sea. (STR/AFP)

BEIJING - A Chinese navy formation , including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, headed towards the West Pacific on Saturday for scheduled blue water training, according to Chinese Navy spokesperson Liang Yang.

This exercise is being carried out in accordance with annual exercise plans

Chinese Navy

"This exercise is being carried out in accordance with annual exercise plans," the navy said in a statement.

China's military has conducted its first ever live-fire drills using an aircraft carrier and fighters in the northeastern Bohai Sea this month, and has more recently been in the East China Sea.

The navy showed pictures on its official microblog from the drills in the East China Sea, including J-15 carrier-borne fighter jets launching into the sky, overseen by navy chief Wu Shengli.

They conducted aerial refuelling and air combat exercises on Thursday, the navy said.

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