Saturday, August 15, 2015

Chinese naval ships heading to Sea of Japan for joint drills with Russia

From InterAksyon (Aug 16): Chinese naval ships heading to Sea of Japan for joint drills with Russia

Chinese military drill. XINHUA FILE PHOTO

Seven Chinese naval ships set sail on Saturday from the port of Qingdao and headed to the Japanese Sea where joint Russian-Chinese naval drills are scheduled to kick off on August 20.

On August 20-28, Russia and China will hold the Naval Cooperation 2015 (II) military exercises in the waters of Peter the Great Gulf and the Sea of Japan.

The Chinese Defense Ministry earlier underscored that the exercises are aimed to "bolster the comprehensive strategic cooperation and partnership between Russia and China, and to increase the military capabilities of both countries to counter maritime threats."

The Chinese side will be represented by the Shengyang and Taizhou destroyers, the Linyi and Hengyang frigates, Changbaishan and Yunwushan amphibious ships, as well as the Taihu support ship. In addition, six helicopters, five fixed-wing aircraft, and 200 troops will be involved, Xinhua reported.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said a total of 20 warships and support vessels along with naval aviation aircraft will take part in the drills.

On August 20, the Chinese ships are expected to reach Russia’s Vladivostok where a series of sports and cultural events are planned to be held.

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