Warplane pilots and crew in China have been told to be “combat ready all the time” after a fleet of jets flew over the South China Sea.
Bombers with the ability to carry nuclear arms flew over the disputed region on Thursday as China continues to clash with the US.
China’s military boasted that the flyover proved they could breach the disputed “First Island Chain.”
Chinese officials failed to confirm how many planes were involved in the drill, however, the planes can fly at speeds of up to 656mph.
China currently has 15 of these planes in service since they were deployed in 2009.