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South China Sea

China holds simultaneous drills in 3 Asia seas

Exercises in regional 'battle zones' come as US carriers sail South China Sea

BEIJING -- China conducted military exercises in the South and East China seas as well as in the Yellow Sea last week, flexing its muscles amid growing tensions with the U.S.

State-run media touted the unusual simultaneous exercises in what it called the "three major battle zones." Speculation suggests that the large-scale drills were intended not only to send a strong message to the outside world, but also to distract from concerns at home.

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