The People's Liberation Army of China is holding live-fire war games in the South China Sea along the coast of Hainan province.
The drills will involve a simulated beach assault featuring landing craft, amphibious tanks and fast-attack craft.
Mine sweepers and submarine chasers were operating offshore, while attack helicopters were backing up the beach landing. A total of 1,800 military personnel were taking part in the drills, which began on Tuesday.
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