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China to join exercises with rival South China Sea claimants

/ 06:17 PM April 28, 2016
A Chinese man is reflected on a glass as he reads China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times' front page article with a headline that reads: "the U.S., Philippine and Japanese military steer tension in the disputed South China Sea" posted on a public newspaper bulletin board in Beijing, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Thousands of U.S. and Philippine troops, along with Australian defense forces, began annual drills Monday to prepare to quickly respond to a range of potential crises, including in the disputed South China Sea. The exercises have been opposed in recent years by China, which has territorial disputes in the South China Sea with several countries, including the Philippines, and suspects the drills are part of efforts to contain Beijing. Washington and Manila say the drills are not directed against China, and that they also focus on responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A Chinese man is reflected on a glass as he reads China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times’ front page article with a headline that reads: “the U.S., Philippine and Japanese military steer tension in the disputed South China Sea” posted on a public newspaper bulletin board in Beijing, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. AP Photo/Andy Wong

BEIJING — China says it will send a warship and special forces for a multinational exercise next month that is also expected to include troops from the Philippines and other rival claimants in the South China Sea.

The May 2-12 maritime security and counterterrorism exercise will feature the militaries of the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, along with those of the U.S., India and six other dialogue partners.

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It will be held in Singapore and Brunei and in nearby waters of the South China Sea.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian said Thursday that China would send the missile destroyer Lanzhou, staff officers and a dozen special forces troops.

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