China's Air Force conducts combat air patrol in South China Sea

China's Air Force conducts combat air patrol in South China Sea

Illustration of South China Sea. China aggressively claim most of South China Sea as its territorial water. They declared nine dash lines without exact coordinates as their basis besides historical base and others. (www,beforeitnews.com)

Beijing (ANTARA News) - The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force conducted a combat air patrol in the South China Sea recently, which will become a "regular practice" in the future, said a military spokesperson on Monday.

The PLA sent H-6K bombers and other aircraft including fighters, scouts and tankers to patrol islands and reefs including Scarborough Shoal, said Shen Jinke, spokesman for the PLA Air Force.

During the mission, the aircraft carried out tasks including aerial scouting, air combat and island and reef patrol, fulfilling the patrol's objective, Shen said.

The Air Force aims to promote real combat training over the sea, improve combat abilities against various security threats and safeguard national sovereignty and security, according to the spokesperson.

"To effectively fulfill its mission, the air force will continue to conduct combat patrols on a regular basis in the South China Sea," he said.

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