Russian, Chinese militaries hold joint drills in East China Sea

xinhua China and Russia will hold drills named Joint Sea 2022 for a week from Dec. 21 to 27 in the eastern waters of the coast stretching from Zhoushan to Taizhou in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

China’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday (12/20) that the exercise, held under an annual plan between the two armies, aims to demonstrate the two sides’ capabilities to jointly respond to maritime security threats.

The exercise also aims to deepen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Russia in the region.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that ships involved in the joint exercise include the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov and two corvette-class ships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet.

The joint exercise is not the first joint naval exercise between China and Russia. In September this year, after participating in the Russian-led Vostok-2022 strategic exercise, the PLA Navy fleet joined Russian warships on joint naval patrols in the Pacific Ocean. The two navies have conducted two joint patrols since 2021.

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