Missiles are soaring at the Philippines’ largest military base. The Philippines and U.S. soldiers are holding live-fire drills this week.
The exercise is happening amid mounting tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea. The commanding general of the Philippine army says the drill falls in line with presidential orders.
The drill is part of a two-week annual, bilateral exercise between Manila and the U.S. This year is the biggest ever, with over 17,000 soldiers participating in the wargame.
Neighboring China isn’t pleased. China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that the drills must not interfere in South China Sea disputes, much less harm China’s maritime interests.