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china and Russia start joint naval drill

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chinese and Russian naval forces began a joint military drill on Sunday in the Yellow Sea that’s scheduled to continue through Friday.

Senior officials from both navies attended an opening ceremony in Qingdao. The joint training includes a map exercise, anti-submarine operations and a rescue drill in the Yellow Sea off China’s eastern coastal province of Shandong.

China is deploying 18 vessels including two submarines, while Russia has sent 7 naval vessels including a missile cruiser and supply vessel. The drill appears to be the biggest since 2005.

Observers say the drill is intended to counter the United States, which is increasingly bolstering its military alliance with Asia-Pacific allies such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

Monday, April 23, 2012