Chinese PLA Navy Liaoning Carrier Battle Group Arrives in Qingdao After Routine Training

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s Liaoning carrier battle group returned to the military port of Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province on April 30 after completing routine training.

The training was a routine arrangement in the annual plan, featuring a long duration, many subjects, high intensity and complicated air and sea situations, said a military statement, noting that the formation’s far seas training in real combat conditions has improved and its integrated combat capability has got tested.

The task group recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait, Miyako Strait and Bashi Channel.

The Taiwan Strait, also known as the Formosa Strait, is a 180-kilometer-wide strait separating the island of Taiwan from mainland China. The Miyako Strait, also known as the Kerama Gap, is a waterway which lies between Japan’s Miyako Island and Okinawa Island. It is the widest strait in the Ryukyu Islands and consists of an approx. 250km wide passageway with international waters and airspace. The Bashi Channel is a waterway between Y’Ami Island of the Philippines and Orchid Island of Taiwan.

Liaoning aircraft carrier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

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