China Conducts Air, Sea Drills in South China Sea

China said it conducted air and sea drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday as it stakes an increasingly assertive claim to virtually the whole sea despite rival claims by neighbors. The state-backed China Military Online said in a report posted on the defense ministry's website, the live-ammunition drills involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft, information warfare units as well as the nuclear force. It did not specify where exactly the exercises took place. China rejects U.S.