A Russian naval frigate and a helicopter take part in a joint naval drills with Chinese warships last month. Photo: Xinhua via AP
A Russian naval frigate and a helicopter take part in a joint naval drills with Chinese warships last month. Photo: Xinhua via AP

South Africa ‘plays China and Russia’ card against US with joint naval exercise

  • The exercises have been condemned by Washington, but are seen as giving a PR boost to Moscow amid its ongoing war against Ukraine
  • Some defence analysts believe the drills in a strategically important sea route off the Cape may become a regular event

A Russian naval frigate and a helicopter take part in a joint naval drills with Chinese warships last month. Photo: Xinhua via AP
A Russian naval frigate and a helicopter take part in a joint naval drills with Chinese warships last month. Photo: Xinhua via AP
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