China must ready for military conflict in South China Sea: state media

China's South Sea Fleet takes part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea in MayBeijing must prepare for “military confrontation” in the South China Sea, state-run media said Tuesday, as it began naval drills in the area ahead of an international tribunal ruling over the maritime dispute. China asserts sovereignty over almost all of the resource-rich strategic waterway despite rival claims from Southeast Asian neighbours — raising tensions with the United States, which has key defence treaties with many allies in the region. On Tuesday, China began a week of naval exercises in waters around the Paracel Islands.

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