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Chinese navy holds live-fire drills in South China Sea

In this Friday, July 8, 2016 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands. They are controlled by Beijing but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. China's navy is holding a week of military drills around the disputed islands ahead of a ruling by an international tribunal in a case filed by the Philippines challenging China's claim to most of the South China Sea. China is boycotting the case before The Hague-based court and says it will not accept the verdict. (Zha Chunming/Xinhua via AP)

In this Friday, July 8, 2016 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands. They are controlled by Beijing but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. China's navy is holding a week of military drills around the disputed islands ahead of a ruling by an international tribunal in a case filed by the Philippines challenging China's claim to most of the South China Sea. China is boycotting the case before The Hague-based court and says it will not accept the verdict. (Zha Chunming/Xinhua via AP)  (The Associated Press)

State media have reported that Chinese warships, fighter jets and submarines held live-fire war games in the South China Sea, just days ahead of an international tribunal's ruling on a challenge to Beijing's expansive claims in the waters.

China Central Television showed video Saturday of the drills, conducted by three fleets of the People's Liberation Army Navy. The footage showed missiles and torpedoes being launched from ships, jets flying in formation and releasing flares, and submarines surfacing in the water.

CCTV said the drills, held on Friday, were aimed at testing the navy's battle-readiness, and are scheduled to run till Monday.

The Hague-based tribunal will rule Tuesday in a case brought by the Philippines. China is boycotting the case and says it will not accept the verdict.