Thursday, July 28, 2016

China to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

"This is a routine exercise between the two armed forces, aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership," said China's defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun. Russia has been a strong backer of China's stance in the South China Sea.