Chinese warship the Liaoning sails through Miyako Strait on way to Pacific Ocean for drills

The Liaoning takes part in a drill in the Pacific Ocean in April last year.

Chinese aircraft carrier the Liaoning passed through the Miyako Strait in the East China Sea on June 11, on its way to the Pacific Ocean, where the navy is expected to carry out training.

Japanese defence officials said the warship passed between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako Island as it made its way from the East China Sea to the Pacific, without entering Japanese waters, national broadcaster NHK reported.

A number of other Chinese naval vessels, including a fuel supply ship, were seen accompanying the aircraft carrier. Japanese officials said the Liaoning may be about to hold drills and they were keeping an eye on the mission, according to the report.