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Update: Malaysian sources deny report of PLAN drill at James Shoal

30 January 2014

Key Points

  • Malaysia has denied Chinese reports that PLAN vessels conducted operations around James Shoal in the South China Sea on 26 January
  • The submerged shoal is the southernmost feature claimed by China in the South China Sea

Malaysian military sources have denied Chinese media claims that a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) task group patrolled the James Shoal region of Malaysia's exclusive economic zone on 26 January.

The sources told IHS Jane's that Malaysian ships and aircraft operating in the area, which lies 50 n miles from the East Malaysian port of Bintulu, reported no sightings or electronic surveillance returns of the three ships cited in Chinese media reports: the Type 071 dock landing ship (LSD) Changbaishan (989); Luyang I-class (Type 052B) destroyer Wuhan (169); and Luyang II-class (Type 052C) destroyer Haikou (171).



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