Beijing launches enormous South China Sea live-fire exercise as 3 US carrier battle groups pass by. The convergence also comes as tensions rise between Beijing and Washington over a looming trade tariff “war”.

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning launches one of its jet fighters as a rescue helicopter watches on. The carrier is leading major military exercises in the South China SeaCHINA’s navy has sent its aircraft carrier and more than 40 warships into the South China Sea for its largest live-fire military exercise in the troubled region yet.

And it comes as the United States has three aircraft carrier battle groups converging on the contested waterway for its own exercises.

Chinese state media says the exercises are centred on the aircraft carrier Liaoning, with warships combining from the North, East and South Sea fleets in an overt display of military muscle.

It’s a similar story for the United States Navy.

Both sets of military manouvers are being held as an Asian economic forum gets underway on the Chinese island of Hainan, which borders the disputed South China Sea.

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