China, Russia hold joint naval drills on ‘seizing, controlling islands and shoals’

China, Russia hold joint naval drills on ‘seizing, controlling islands and shoals’
Chinese and Russian naval vessels participate in the Joint Sea-2014 naval drill outside Shanghai on the East China Sea, in this file photo taken on May 24, 2014. (Image: REUTERS/China Daily)

[Ed. – Sure, nothing pointed about doing that in the South China Sea.]

China and Russia were to start war games in the South China Sea on Monday, Beijing’s defence ministry said, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant’s extensive claims in the area.

The eight-day joint drills will include exercises on “seizing and controlling” islands and shoals, Chinese navy spokesman Liang Yang said in a statement.

They will involve surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters, marine corps and amphibious armoured equipment from both navies, he said.

“Compared with previous joint drills, these exercises are deeper and more extensive in terms of organisation, tasks and command” he said in the statement, released Sunday.

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