China, Russia to hold largest military drill in Sea of Japan

Chinese and Russian forces to hold biggest military exercise in Sea of Japan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Russian and Chinese navies will hold naval drills from Aug. 20 to 28 off the coast of Vladivostok in Peter the Great Bay at the far-eastern part of Russian Federation.

The naval drill will be the largest ever in the history of their cooperation of the respective countries.

Head of Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet Press Service Roman Martov said that the naval drill is not directed against other countries, Russian Itar Tass agency reported.

"The major goals of the exercises will be to train and improve the organization of joint actions in the sea, on land and in the air," Martov said.

The exercise will last nine days between Aug. 24-27 and marine corps of the two countries will practice joint anti-sabotage, anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and antiship defence.

Marine corps from both countries will also conduct live-fire exercises on sea surface, submerged and air targets.

"The exercises will culminate in joint amphibious and airborne landing at the firing range at Cape Klerk in the southern Primorye Territory [in Russia’s Far East]. The joint landing of the Russian and Chinese marine corps on the Russian territory will be conducted for the first time," Martov stressed, according to Tass report.

Russian Pacific Fleet will be represented with up to 20 battleships and support vessels, two submarines, 10 warplanes, nine amphibious vehicles and also 200 marines.

In a report made by  China's official Xinhua news says, “A source close to the operation said navies of the two countries will join forces to simulate anti-submarine combat and air defence and other relevant missions. A joint beach landing of troops is also planned,” adding the drills "are not targeted at any third party and are not relevant to the regional status quo."

The Navy of the People’s Liberation Army of China will contribute to the exercise, called Joint Sea 2015 II, with seven warships, six shipborne helicopters, five warplanes, 21 amphibious vehicles and 200 marines, according to Russia Today. 

China will also contribute with a guided missile destroyer Taizhou as well as the Hengyang Frigate and deploy its domestically made aircraft to build an airborne command centre together with the Russian army.

According to Global Times, China will reveal its landing operations for the first time in Chinese military, Hong Kong Free Press reports.

Exercises ‘Seriously Aggravate’ US Military Plans In Asia-Pacific

International Business Times referring to said that the United States could find the Russian-Chinese cooperation as “ambiguous.”

The exercises by the two countries trigger an armament race with the US who also nurtures strong ties with Tokyo. quoted well-known international theorist John Mersheimer as saying “Driving the Russians into the arms of the strategic foolishness of the first order.”

Last year in Sept. 3, both countries showed off in Chinese capital Beijing their grand military parade due to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in World War Two.

The first Russian and Chinese Joint Sea exercise took place in the Mediterranean on May 11-21. That drill involved about 10 warships from the Russian and Chinese navies.

“We are strongly in favour for any dispute in South China Sea, in East China Sea, in any sea for that matter, to be resolved on the basis of the international law, including, first of all, the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, on the basis of the declaration signed between China and ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations],” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in early August in an interview with Singapore based Channel News Asia.

“On this basis the countries directly involved in any dispute should find mutually acceptable solution without any outside interference.” Lavrov added.




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