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Russia-China joint naval exercise starts


09:47, April 22, 2012

Ding Yiping, deputy commander of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, delivers exercise tasks of the Russia-China joint naval exercise in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, April 22, 2012. The Russia-China joint naval exercise, scheduled to be held from April 22 to 27 in the Yellow Sea of the Pacific Ocean, officially started on Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

QINGDAO, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Russian naval deputy chief of staff Rear Admiral Leonid Sukhanov announced here on Sunday the official start of the joint exercise with the Chinese navy.

Ding Yiping, deputy commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, delivered exercise tasks.

This marks the first naval drill between China and Russia, following four military exercises involving the two nations since 2005.

The April 22-27 drill, taking place in the Yellow Sea off China's east coast, involves a total of 16 vessels and two submarines from Chinese navy and four warships from Russian navy's Pacific Fleet as well as three supply ships being summoned for the exercise.

The exercise will focus on joint maritime air defense and defense of marine traffic arteries, including subjects of joint escort, maritime search and rescue, anti-submarine tactics as well as joint effort to rescue hijacked vessels.

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Chinhomiah at 2012-04-2527.104.8.*
One hopes that more such Chinese-Russian naval exercises are held. This is to better deter those countries in the region that think that just because they ever so often stage naval displays with America, somehow they can intimidate China and deny her what is rightfully hers.
PD User at 2012-04-2350.138.14.*
I agree
ASEAN at 2012-04-22220.255.1.*
That"s a very good sign from the Russian that they are keen in playing a significant role in the balance of power in this region. Russia under Putin is indeed a champion for peace and stability. May God bless Putin with good health for many many years to come. Long Live China and Long Live Russia !!!

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