The Russian-Chinese naval drills called Joint Sea 2016 kicked off in the South China Sea on Monday, September 12.
‘The active phase of the drills will be taking place from September 15 through September 19. The exercise will involve battleships, submarines and naval aviation. The sides will work on joint actions such as defense of the ships staying on the anchor hold; search, rescue and convoy of vessels; release of the captured vessel; recognition of air targets by the common anti-aircraft defense system,’ DW reported.
The sides will also land joint missile strikes on naval targets and then land airborne troops on a figuratively captured island. Several battleships of Russia’s Pacific fleet are expected to join the exercise.
The maneuvers will be taking place near China’s eastern province of Guangdong, amid China’s territorial arguments with Japan, Vietnam and Philippines.
Most recently, Russia conducted another military exercise near Ukraine’s border and in the occupied Crimea. The Ukrainian government treated this action as an increase of military threat coming from Russia.