China's Xi presides over large-scale naval display in South China Sea

China's Xi presides over large-scale naval display in South China SeaPresident Xi Jinping presided over the Chinese navy’s largest-ever military display on Thursday, state media reported, the country’s latest show of force in the disputed South China Sea. State broadcaster China Central Television showed footage of Xi boarding the destroyer Changsha before sailing to an unspecified location in the South China Sea and watching the procession, which involved more than 10,000 naval officers, 76 fighter jets, and a flotilla of 48 warships and submarines. Xi told the assembled troops that China’s need for a world-leading naval force “has never been more pressing than today” and urged them to devote their unswerving loyalty to the party, before watching through binoculars four J-15 fighter jets take off from the Liaoning, China’s sole operational aircraft carrier.



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