[Ed. – Notice that China was also a participant in the U.S-Saudi exercise (mentioned in the article). As long as the U.S. is the strong horse, this is smart power on Trump’s part and catch-up ball on China’s. Beijing is also the instigator of Kim Jong-Un’s erratic moves with the weapons test threats. The movement in all these cases is evidence that it’s Trump’s agenda that has the other nations knocked off base course.]
Iran’s armed forces will hold a joint, four-day naval exercise with Russia and China in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, a spokesman said Wednesday.
The drill, which is to start on Saturday, will be the first such trilateral exercise as Tehran seeks to boost military cooperation with Beijing and Moscow amid unprecedented economic sanctions from Washington. …
The drill is seen as a response to recent U.S. maneuvers with its regional ally Saudi Arabia, in which China also participated.