Putin cozied up to China yesterday and guess what? The Confucius Peace Prize laureate didn’t come on his own, he brought parts of the Russian navy with him. China and Russia on Tuesday kicked off a week-long joint naval drill in the East China Sea.
It’s no new drill: the Chinese and Russian navies had already thrown two private parties in 2012 and 2013.
But this time, Xi and Putin want to “show the sides’ resolve in responding to threats and challenges as well as safeguarding regional security and stability,” according english.people.cn.
Fourteen ships, two submarines, nine fixed-wing aircraft, six shipboard helicopters along with special forces are taking part in the show to “practice defensive and attacking maneuvers, carrying out escorts, search and rescue operations, and storming hijacked ships,” South China Morning Post reports.
At a time of tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over a certain little group of islands in the East China Sea, this year’s Sino-Russian naval party will probably not be of Japan’s taste.
By Aliaume Leroy