Demonstrating its trademark form of gun-to-the-head subtlety, the PLA has released a video of Nanjing Military Area Command troops conducting a live ammunition island-landing exercise which involves infantry, artillery and army aircraft. Obviously this is just a regular manoeuvre that has nothing to do with anything currently in the news.
Meanwhile, seven Chinese warships have been spotted in the waters south of Japan’s Okinawa prefecture.
Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto said Japan is monitoring the ships’ movement. Japan considers the area part of its contiguous waters, but it is not illegal for foreign vessels to transit them.