Chinese navy fleet to start training exercise in Pacific

Jan 30, 2013- The Chinese navy will conduct a training exercise in the Pacific in the near future, after sailing through islands off the country's coast. A statement from the defense ministry did not give a timetable for the exercise, but said it is a regular arrangement in line with the navy's annual training plan.

The Chinese navy has carried out a number of exercises in the west Pacific Ocean since last year. Analysts say routine training like this is common for many countries.

A Chinese military expert says the navy will conduct long-term routine training in the west Pacific Ocean area which is suitable for deep water marine training.

The US navy has carried out large-scale exercises in the Pacific Rim and so has the Japanese navy. The Indian navy used to conduct training with Vietnam, Japan and the US in the Pacific Ocean.