The South China Morning Post (SCMP) has reported that Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) published a video on Christmas Eve of Hong Kong's People's Liberation Army (PLA) garrison conducting a live-fire war drill in the South China Sea.
The video was first released on the social media account of CCTV's military channel on Tuesday night, said the live-fire exercise was conducted "in recent days."
Featured in the video is a PLA warship called the Qinzhou, a type 056 corvette patrol boat, that was seen in the video "jamming missiles, to avoid enemy missile attacks" and firing large weapons at targets.
SCMP said the live-fire exercise was conducted by "a naval battalion," under an annual training mission designed to prepare military forces for combat situations in the South China Sea.
VIDEO: People's Liberation Army #HongKong Garrison's corvette Qinzhou recently conducted a mock combat drill in #SouthChinaSea. Combat exercises, including air defense and minesweeping, were part of the drill. (Video: CCTV) pic.twitter.com/Ri8ofSRz4J— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) December 24, 2019