China Holds Combat Drill in South China Sea Ahead of Key Ruling

July 9, 2016 11:42 AM

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SHANGHAI, China — The Chinese navy conducted combat drills near its southern island province of Hainan and the Paracel islands in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.

The drills come ahead of a July 12 ruling by the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on a case brought by the Philippines disputing several of China's territory claims in the South China Sea.

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