South China Sea: Chinese assault ship located near Taiwan as conflict reaches ...

CHINA has spotted an assault ship on the doorstep of the South China Sea near Taiwan, according to Beijing's state-run media.

PUBLISHED: 02:35, Fri, Nov 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:35, Fri, Nov 6, 2020

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Chinese mainland military experts are expected to say that the ship could be operating another sea trial session, the Global Times has said. Photos of the Type 075 amphibious assault ship have reportedly been circulating on China’s mainland social media.

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The pictures show the vessel near a base of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province.

It is located just above the disputed South China Sea area.

Beijing has claimed a large part of the South China Sea region as its own which has caused tensions in the area for years.

Taiwan has also claimed parts of the disputed areas, as well as other sovereign states within the region.

Chinese aircraft carrierA Chinese aircraft carrier (Image: getty)

China's president Xi JinpingChina has claimed a large part of the South China Sea region as its own (Image: getty)

The location of the assault ship is very close to Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s SET News Channel.

China’s state-run media said this is the first time the Type 075 amphibious assault ship has been spotted in Sanya.

Residents in Shanghai, where the vessel was built, said the ship set sail in late October.

Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert, told the Global Times that the Type 075 needs to undergo more sea trails.

READ MORE: South China Sea tensions soar as Philippines authorise drills 

Ships in South China SeaTaiwan has also claimed parts of the disputed area (Image: getty)

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