In a major signal of Russia under President Putin exercising its big power military muscle, it has in partnership with China launched eight days of war games on Monday in the South China Sea – the very site of territorial disputes between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors.
Also, in a major shift in strategy, media reports say that Moscow will partner Pakistan in joint military drills later in the year. Around 200 military personnel from the two sides would take part in the joint military exercises, The Express Tribune quoted a senior Pakistani official as saying.
The ‘Joint Sea-2016’ maneuvers between Russia and China include ships, submarines, ship-borne helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, along with marines and amphibious armored vehicles who will conduct live-firing exercises, according to a Chinese Defense Ministry statement on Sunday.
Tasks will include defensive and rescue drills, anti-submarine exercises and the simulated seizure of an enemy island by marines from both sides.
The Russian ships arrived early Monday in the Guangdong province port of Zhanjiang and the exercises would be held off the Guangdong coast,
The location of the war games in the South China Sea has drawn criticismfrom the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, last month dsuring his visit to Chin,a when he said:”There are other places those exercises could have been conducted.”
He described them as part of a series of actions “that are not increasing the stability within the region.”
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