A detachment of Pacific Fleet ships has left Vladivostok to take part in the Russian-Chinese naval exercise Maritime Cooperation, which will be held from December 21 to 27 in the waters of the East China Sea on December 19, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“During the active part of the exercise, joint missile and artillery firing at aerial targets, artillery firing at naval targets, as well as practicing joint anti-submarine actions with practical use of weapons are planned,” the military said.
The purpose of the exercise is to strengthen naval ties between Russia and China and to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet, warships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and a diesel submarine will take part from the Chinese side. Naval aviation and helicopters of the two countries will also be involved in the exercise.
Another major conflict may erupt over the resolution of the Taiwan issue. China considers the island its territory, but the United States and several Western countries are promising the Taiwanese authorities their military assistance and armament.
Earlier, the head of the US Strategic Command Admiral Charles Richard said that the Russian special operation in Ukraine is a “warm-up” for the US before a long-lasting and major conflict with China, and it is on its way.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency