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A large airborne military exercise is underway in China's central and eastern provinces and seas.Fighter jets, spy planes and helicopters, along with 12,000 soldiers, are taking part in the drill.
It is one of several announced in official media in recent weeks.
The exercise follows verbal sparring between the US and China over conflicting territorial claims by China and many South East Asian nations in the South China Sea.
It also comes after China protested against major US-South Korea military exercises last month in the Sea of Japan.
Military message China's five-day exercise, called Vanguard 2010, is taking place over the central province of Henan and the eastern coastal province of Shandong, which borders the Yellow Sea, China's state news agency Xinhua reported.
The Chinese army-run Military Weekly newspaper said the exercises, though "low-key", carried a message.
"If other people threaten our interests, we have enough military means and technological methods to keep them in check," the newspaper said.
That message follows several weeks of diplomatic jousting over the South China Sea, and over North Korea.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10849934
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