China's Harbin guided missile destroyer is shown during a joint naval exercise with long-term ally Russia in the East China Sea in May. Now China is welcoming similar moves with Asean nations in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China 'offers joint drills with Asean in South China Sea to check US plan to send warships near Spratly Islands

Beijing extends olive branch to Southeast Asian nations in proposal signalling shift in its approach to growing regional concerns over its island reclamations

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China's Harbin guided missile destroyer is shown during a joint naval exercise with long-term ally Russia in the East China Sea in May. Now China is welcoming similar moves with Asean nations in the South China Sea. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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