Chinese vessels during a previous military exercise near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

Beijing starts military exercise in disputed South China Sea as tensions with Vietnam rise

  • Three-day training drill near Paracels starts on Tuesday as Hanoi faces pressure at home over Vanguard Bank stand-off
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese vessels during a previous military exercise near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.