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Russia, China launch biggest joint naval drill in Sea of Japan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 July, 2013, 4:38pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 July, 2013, 2:47am

China and Russia kicked off their biggest yet joint naval drill in the Sea of Japan yesterday, amid warming ties between the former rivals.

The week-long "Joint Sea-2013" exercise runs until July 12 in the Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan. It will also involve a three-day live-fire exercise from today.

The People's Liberation Army Daily said China had sent four destroyers, two frigates and one supply ship, while the Russian Pacific Fleet dispatched 12 advanced warships, including its flagship cruiser the Varyag, the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, a Kilo-class submarine and other vessels.

Japan's Ministry of Defence said both Tokyo and Washington will send surveillance planes and warships to closely monitor the drill. The ministry earlier this week announced that it will stage a five-day joint US-Japanese aircraft drill from Monday in Hokkaido, which is 800 kilometres from the Peter the Great Gulf.

Xinhua yesterday published an English commentary, calling on both Japan and the United States not to worry about the drill.

It said the drill "would by no means imply any change in China's defence policy".

However, the commentary also noted: "It is true that the drill comes at a time when tensions remain over an island dispute between China and Japan and when China's first aircraft carrier [the Liaoning] has just gone into service."

The commentary also accused the US and Japan of staging joint drills last month simulating the recapture of an island at a time when "tension over the Diaoyu Islands was at its very height".

Shanghai-based military commentator Ni Lexiong said Beijing wants to use the joint drill to threaten Japan and put diplomatic pressure on the United States.

"China wants to tell the US that it is now moving closer to Russia, which is ambitious enough to expand its maritime power," he said, adding that Russia's maritime growth will challenge the global power of the United States.

Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said both China and Russia wanted to use the drill to rebuild their image on the international stage.

"China wants to show the world its naval achievements over the past decades; not only the largest ever fleet it has sent overseas, but also its ability to sail further in the high seas, as well as the navy's confidence and capacity to cooperate with a foreign maritime partner like Russia in unknown sea areas," Li said.

"The Russian navy also wants to use this drill to send a signal to the world that it's ready to return to the international arena."

Russia sent its second most powerful naval fleet to take part in the joint drill, reminding the world that its predecessor - the Soviet navy - was once the world's second most powerful fleet after the US before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his navy had deployed a unit to the Mediterranean Sea to defend Russian security in the region.

The announcement came days after Moscow said it had planned to resume patrols by nuclear-armed submarines in the southern oceans.



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Thank you for your opinion Mr. Forsythe.
I guess the 52 is your IQ level?
F U 2!!! mister.. the biggest bully in the world is the old USofA!!! the yanks will just horse F everybody in the name of 'democracy'. get real!!!
hard times !
now Japan is getting nervous !
hard times !
It looks Japan's northern four islands (north-east of Hokkaido) can never be recovered from the Polar Bear which has stationed forces on these islands as they are crucial to the Pacific Fleet to enter the Pacific Ocean.The so-called Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islets) have dispute with China which will never give up its claim towards these islets for the seas around these islets are thought to have huge petroleum reserve and they are rich fishing grounds as well.Japan can only remain the guard dog of her Big Brother in East Asia.
target practice for the US Navy
hard times !
this largest-ever joint naval drill staged by Russia's Pacific Fleet and China's North Sea Fleet has caused great nervousness in Japan which has territorial disputes with both countries.She can just send reconnaissance planes and ships to monitor their exercises.The venue of the drill is also significant---Sea of Japan which separates Russia with Japan.This tiny Japan looks miserable among three giants:Uncle Sam,the Polar Bear and the wake-up Giant Dragon (as described by Napoleon Bonarparte). Right ?
The West has forgotten that the brutal gangster regime known as the Chinese Communist Party has one goal and that is World domination. This is not paranoia, this is a fact. The CCP is a bloodthirsty cult that has no belief in God and would have destroyed Western civilization years ago if not for the power of the American military. Lately, Western Governments have closed their eyes to the truth of the cruel Party because of corporate greed and this greed and lack of conscience has backfired. Just my understanding , thank you.
@ mbop"
I'd prefer it if the NSA wouldn't read my opinions before I decide to post them.
poor japan in the middle of the three giants.
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Somebody has to play the bully in this world. Be glad it's the US and not China or Russia. Who do you think preserves your freedom to post your opinions on internet forums?
@mbop: Somebody has to play the bully? Says who? Sounds to me like you were either a bully or were bullied in a US highschool.
you're free to move to China and have the communist party read them.


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