MANILA, Philippines—China’s aircraft carrier has docked in the southernmost island province of Hainan two days after it set sail to conduct sea trials in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
The Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, “will carry out relevant experiments and trainings” while docked at the Sanya City Naval Harbor, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said in a report Friday.
The deployment of the aircraft carrier came as tensions are high between the Philippines and China over a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to mention what actions it would take in the event that the carrier enters the Philippine territory.
China claims the entire region as part of its territory including portions of the Philippine 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) previously said that the carrier’s deployment to the region further raises tensions and threatens regional stability.
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