Chi­nese, Rus­sian navies com­plete 9-day ex­er­cise

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

The Chi­nese and Rus­sian navies com­pleted a nine-day joint ex­er­cise in Peter the Great Gulf, wa­ters off the Clerk Cape and the Sea of Ja­pan on Fri­day, and then held a joint naval mil­i­tary pa­rade.

“The drill not only meets the pre­set tar­gets of con­sol­i­dat­ing the China-Rus­sia com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship, deep­en­ing prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion and im­prov­ing the joint re­sponse to se­cu­rity threats at sea, but also demon­strates the ex­pan­sive space, po­ten­tial and fu­ture for China-Rus­sia mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion at sea,” said Wang Hai, deputy com­man­der of the Chi­nese navy and also the di­rec­tor of the drill from the Chi­nese side.

The suc­cess of the drill is another step to­ward mak­ing China-Rus­sia joint sea drills more reg­u­lar and more like real bat­tle sce­nar­ios, Wang said. The two have held five joint naval ex­er­cises since 2005.

The Chi­nese and Rus­sian navies share the goal of keep­ing the world’s seas safe and sta­ble, said Alek­sandr Fe­dotenkov, deputy com­man­der of the Rus­sian navy and also the Rus­sian di­rec­tor of the drill.

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