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China and Russia Kick Off Joint Naval Drills

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Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin greet participants of Joint Sea-2014 exercise at Wusong naval port in Shanghai, east China, May 20, 2014. Xinhua Photo

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Russian Navy kicked off a week of naval exercises in near Shanghai on Tuesday, according to Chinese and Russian press reports.

Joint Sea Exercise 2014 — which will be held in the East China Sea —is the third bilateral exercise between Russia and China in as many years.

“These drills are regular exercises held by China and Russia’s navies, and the purpose is to deepen practical cooperation between the two militaries, to raise the ability to jointly deal with maritime security threats,” according to a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Defense.

The drills will include a total of 14 surface ships, two submarines, nine fixed wing aircraft as well as helicopters and special operation forces (SOF), according to state controlled Xinhua news service.

Type-052C Luyang II destroyer Zhengzhou

Type-052C Luyang II destroyer Zhengzhou

The ships will include the Russian missile cruiser Varyag, Russian built PLAN destroyer Ningbo and the Chinese built Type-052C Luyang II destroyer Zhengzhou.

“Navies of the two countries will join forces to simulate anchorage defense, maritime assaults, anti-submarine combats, air defense as well as identification, rescue and escort missions,” according to Xinhua.

The start of the exercise was marked by a meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping in China.

“It would be no exaggeration if I said that the cooperation between our two countries is at its highest level in history,” Putin said in Russian media on Tuesday.

The two countries had held exercises previously in Russia’s Far East in 2013 and the Yellow Sea in 2012.

The exercise comes in tandem with the further tightening ties between China on Russia.

On Wednesday, China and Russia signed an estimated $400 billion 30-year natural gas export deal, according to several press reports.

  • Michael Flower

    - Russian Navy & PLAN Joint Naval Exercise, BS!

    Russia is pissed off about the Ukraine affair and the Chinese are pissed off about industrial spying incident. They’re doing just to Push Our Buttons and see how far they can collectively Push Us. Maybe, we should do a global NATO and Asian Powers, Australian and New Zealand joint Air Forces, Armies and Naval Exercise. Just to see Russian and Chinese governments react.

    • OLDNAVYVET

      Not with the current CIC!

      • Michael Flower

        - DON’T SELL OBAMA SHORT, He’s got bigger balls then the Republican Lead Congress, who can’t seem to get anything done except to MAKE THEMSELVES RICHER!!!

        • OLDNAVYVET

          Grow up junior! Your not impressing the adults!

    • Frederick

      Good idea. The problem is that many countries you mentioned are doing more trades with China than the U.S. People as always care more about their wallets.

    • Tamara Borisova

      effort and money You have?

      • Tamara Borisova

        Pentagon budget would affect cost of living for troops and families

  • Michael Flower

    - WHAT IS YOUR POINT OLDFARTS..TH..DNAVYVET.

    Your do a lot of talking, but not saying anything. If you want to vent your spleen, talk and seek help from your spirtitual advisor not me. Smoke a joint and chill-out.
    I’m not the problem, Obama’s not the problem, talk to the Republican Shitheads that seem too think what the American People Want, and not what the KOCH BROTHERS WANT!!! End of conversation OLDFARTS..TH..DNAVYVET.