Philippines, US marines conduct exercises near China - held reef

SCSC - Over 6,000 Philippine and US marines carried out a military exercise on a Philippine beach on Sunday (Oct 5) near a disputed reef occupied by Chinese ships which has become a potential regional flashpoint.

The American and Filipino troops, aboard five US amphibious, armoured assault vehicles landed on the deserted beach facing the South China Sea in the latest in a series of combat exercises that began on September 29. [READ MORE]