China conducts "surprise" amphibious landing exercise on March 27, 2013Submitted by Bob-45 on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 22:37
[Couple this with Russia's "surprise" naval exercise with the Baltic Sea and what do you have?]
Chinese navy exercises 'surprise' neighbours
Exercises in James Shoal include the landing of amphibious craft on Beijing's most southern territorial claim.
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 16:25
China has deployed some of its most sophisticated Navy vessels to the eastern coast of Malaysia.
Wednesday's report from the Xinhua news agency is thought to be a play by Beijing to reinforce territorial claims to part of the South China Sea.
Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Hong Kong, said military exercises, beginning on Saturday, have "taken many Asian neighbours and military analysts by surprise".