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South China Sea

China to start military drills around disputed Paracel Islands

Announcement prohibits all shipping in the area for five days from July 1

BEIJING -- China's Maritime Safety Administration on Sunday announced plans to carry out military training around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, an area over which China and Vietnam both claim sovereignty.

The exercises will be held from July 1 to 5, according to the announcement, which stated that all vessels are prohibited from sailing in the area during that period, a move that could cause a major reaction from Vietnam.

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