China, Russia naval drill in South China Sea to begin Monday

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China and Russia will hold eight days of naval drills in the South China Sea off southern China’s Guangdong province starting from Monday, China’s navy said.

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled in July that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there.

China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case.

The “Joint Sea-2016” exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines, the Chinese navy said in a statement on Sunday on its official microblog.

The two countries will carry out defense, rescue and anti-submarine operations, as well as “island seizing” and other activities, it added.

Marines will participate in live-fire drills, island defense and landing operations in what will be the largest operation ever taken together by the two countries’ navies, the statement said.

China announced that it had called the “routine” naval exercise in July, saying the drills were aimed at strengthening cooperation and not aimed at any other country.

China and Russia are veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, and have held similar views on many major issues such as the crisis in Syria, often putting them at odds with the United States and Western Europe.

Last year, they held joint military drills in the Sea of Japan and the Mediterranean.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stoking tension in the region through its military patrols, and of taking sides in the dispute.

The United States has sought to assert its right to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea with its patrols and denies taking sides in the territorial disputes.

Russia has been a strong backer of China’s stance on the arbitration case, which was brought by the Philippines.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Richard Pullin)

Source: Reuters “China, Russia naval drill in South China Sea to begin Monday”

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3 Comments on “China, Russia naval drill in South China Sea to begin Monday”

  1. Joseph says:

    When Duterte met Putin in Laos he reportedly offered Philippines ports to the Russian navy for shore leave, along US navy ships, prompting the American to ‘remind’ him that they are in Philippines to ‘help’ Philippines, whether Philippines likes it or not.


    • Destroy-The-Alien-American-Invader says:

      Yes, Asia for Asia. Kick the Americans out. They have murdered enough Asians – 5 million Koreans (20% of the population), 4 million Vietnamese, 2 million Filipinos, 2 million Malay and Chinese Indonesians, 3 million Japanese, a million Afghans, 3 million Iraqis, a million Yemenis, 12 million north American natives .. how many more body count do you need?

      Perhaps North Korea indeed has the justification to build a nuclear bomb. Unless Russia and China can step up to the plate to confront America militarily anywhere, anytime.


  2. Steve says:

    This Hague award ruling against China without any ownership of historical rights in the SCS is farcical and absolute condemnation. The souls of ancient Chinese sailors and warriors who braved the exploration and discovery of the SCS islands, rocks and atolls would have awakened to such condemnation of deceit, lies and fear mongering. All the hallmarks of US Gestapo or secret agency’s involvement, just like the coup in Turkey to oust Erdogan and bring chaos to the Turks. The good news is the US are in a state of confusion with only a handful of supporters for the Hague award and rejection to discuss the Arbitration ruling by ASEAN. Should President
    Duterte bolster ties with China economically and truly set goals to diffuse the SCS tension under a conventional treaty, the alliance of US/Japan is a Sunken Ship.

    This China Russia Naval Drill is the biggest and clearly demonstrates that both nations are moving into a military alliance. It should soon be formalised within a few months since the Russian parliamentary executives are now meeting China’s elite in drafting a formal alliance.