Beijing (April 13, 2018): Xi Jinping, the President of China on Thursday, presides largest ever maritime military parade in the South China Sea on Thursday, China’s state-owned news agency reports.
China’s Central Military Commission held the maritime military parade, which for the first time featured the country’s aircraft carrier strike group and the most advanced weaponry of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission reviewed the warships and addressed the PLA sailors, PLA Daily reported.It was the first maritime military parade held in the South China Sea and to be open to the public. China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, joined the parade for the first time.
China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday that destroyers involved in the parade were sailing to the Taiwan Straits where they are to conduct drills.
China’s Fujian Maritime Safety Administration announced live-fire drills would be conducted in the Taiwan Straits on April 18.