Joint Russia-China Naval Maneuvers Begin Tomorrow
May 19, 2014 • 4:12PM

“MARITIME COOPERATION 2014”, a joint naval exercise by Russia and China, which will be held in the northwest area near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, begins tomorrow, following an opening ceremony at which Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will preside. According to Hsinhua, both sides will dispatch the “highest-grade warships”, more than 20 each, from their naval fleets. They will carry out drills on subject including “joint anti-submarine, joint air-defense, joint naval escort and maritime actual weapon firing during the exercise.”

The maneuver will go from May 20 to May 26. Both Chinese Navy spokesman Liang Yang and Lie Jie, a researcher of the navy Military Academic Research Institute under the Navy, stressed that the maneuver is not aimed at any third party, but Li Jie is reported by Hsinhua as saying that the “sea and air exercise with such a large scale will be no doubt a strong deterrence against some unfriendly countries or the countries taking unfriendly maritime actions incited by some countries behind them.”