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Russia and China to Hold 2015 Naval Exercises in Mediterranean, Pacific

Rear Adm. Du Xiping (front right), deputy commander of China's Beihai Fleet, shakes hands with Capt. 1st Rank Sergei Yuriyevich Zhuga of Russia's Pacific Fleet during a welcome ceremony at a naval base in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong Province, on April 21, 2012. Xinhua Photo

Rear Adm. Du Xiping (front right), deputy commander of China’s Beihai Fleet, shakes hands with Capt. 1st Rank Sergei Yuriyevich Zhuga of Russia’s Pacific Fleet during a welcome ceremony at a naval base in Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong Province, on April 21, 2012. Xinhua Photo

Russia and China have committed to a pair of 2015 naval exercises as a sign of growing military cooperation between the two countries, Russia’s minister of defense said this week.

“We plan to conduct a regular joint naval exercise in the Mediterranean next spring,” said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, according to the Russian TASS news agency.
“Another joint naval drill is planned in the Pacific.”

The announcement from Shoigu follows a Beijing meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan in which the two countries pledged greater military-to-military cooperation against the backdrop of the so-called U.S. rebalance to the Pacific.

“We believe that the main goal of pooling our effort is to shape a collective regional security system,” Shoigu said.
“We also expressed concern over U.S. attempts to strengthen its military and political clout in the [Asia-Pacific Region].”

Shoigu did not specify the nature of the exercises but Russia and China completed a bilateral exercise in May.

Joint Sea Exercise 2014 was the third between the Russian Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) since 2011 and featured 14 surface ships, two submarines, nine fixed wing aircraft as well as helicopters and special operation forces (SOF), state controlled Xinhua news service wrote in May.

The new exercises are part of a trend that, “has visibly expanded and gained a systemic character,” Shoigu said.

Russian president Vladimir Putin indicated the same earlier this year.

“It would be no exaggeration if I said that the cooperation between our two countries is at its highest level in history,” he said in May.

Russia has stepped up its surface presence in Asia in the last few months.

Earlier in October, the Black Sea flagship — guided missile cruiser Moscow (or Moskva) — conducted rare live fire drills in the South China Sea.

Russia also sent a flotilla of four surface ships off of the territorial of Australia ahead of the G-20 summit in Brisbane.

For its part, China has also ventured further abroad.

In late October, Chinese and Iranian military leaders pledged greater cooperation following limited bilateral naval exercises in September.

Shoigu said Russian deepening military ties with China was essential for regional security.

“Amid a highly volatile world situation, it becomes particularly important to strengthen reliable good-neighborly relations between our countries,” Shoigu said.
“This is not only an important factor for security of states but also a contribution to peace and stability on the Eurasian continent and beyond.”

  • Hugh

    Whilst nobody wants an arms race, China started the ramp-up and now joins with Russia. Both are enroaching on sea and land. Meanwhile the NATO navies are running down due to budget cuts. A concerning scenario.

  • publius_maximus_III

    This can’t be good.

  • Secundius

    Ahhh, the “Axis” Powers, Button Pushing Contest is about to begin…

  • Trinityalways

    China-Russia and” Russia has stepped up its surface presence in Asia in the last few months” so the article stated… This can’t be good!

  • frphx

    Buying Chinese made goods has made china stronger and the USA weaker. That giant sucking sound has done it’s work….Nice job USG.

  • NofDen

    Yeah, russia and china in the Med. Just a show of force. Taiwan,Japan and the U.S. should have an exercise in the Yellow sea close to Bejing and the south China sea
    by Haiphong.
    Also, put more guns on all Navy ships including transports. So, they can defend themselves in any close up situation.

  • NofDen

    I was in the Navy in the 60’s, we tracked the so called russian fishing vessels/trawler.
    Recently, I saw a old russian trawler in dry dock. It looked like it had a torpedo tube on it.

  • Lee Pong

    Turkey is supporting and funding terrorists in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang, the Muslim Uighurs minority.

    Turkey is causing terrorist unrest in China.

    It
    is very natural for China to have military presence in Mediterranean
    and close to Black Sea, close to Turkey, to react necessarily to
    Turkey’s terrorist sponsoring government.

    Turkey is also funding and sponsoring terrorists in Russia’s Muslim Chechnya.

    This is a very good move by China and Russia to contain terrorist sponsoring Turkey.

  • wurniy8342

    Good to see multiple powers working together as opposed to a single dictatorial world vigilante.

  • chsr

    Russia & Chinese navy No.1.

  • Zolkte

    That’s what happens when America wants to have it all, always sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong, these two countries will put America in its place.