China's navy will temporarily seal off part of the Yellow Sea to
maritime traffic for "large-scale" military purposes, authorities
announced, ahead of the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the
People's Liberation Army (PLA).
The area stretching from
Qingdao, Shandong Province to Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province - two major
shipping ports - will be closed to all vessels from 8 am on Thursday
until 6 pm on Saturday, according to a WeChat post by the Weihai Evening
A map illustrating the restricted area - which covers
approximately 40,000 square kilometers - was included in the report,
which was sourced to a PLA troop codenamed 91208 and the Shandong
Maritime Safety Administration.
The report also called on fishermen to spread the news for security reasons.
It also mentioned that August I marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the PLA and "we should applaud the Chinese navy."