Russia and China have started flexing their muscles in time for the South China Sea war games, what many see as a show of force against third-party interventions like the United States.
As China pushes with its South China Sea ambitions and finds itself at odds with the United States, a powerful ally like Russia is expected to shift the dynamics. Will Russia and China be successful against the West?
China and Russia Threaten US with Massive War Force
Dubbed as “Naval Interaction – 2016,” Russia and China launched their massive war games in the South China Sea. According to reports, the ambitious drills will last up to eight days and will be conducted in the air, coastal and maritime zones of the disputed sea.
According to RT’s Roman Kosarev, the opening ceremony of the start of the exercises was marked by a tug-of-war contest between Russian and Chinese sailors. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Moscow group comprised of “anti-submarine warfare ships ‘Admiral Tributs’ and ‘Admiral Vinogradov’, the major landing ship ‘Peresvet’, the sea tug ‘Alatau’ and the ‘Pechenga’ tanker.”
The organization also confirmed that Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit leads the group.
“During the entrance into the foreign port, the [Russian] military seamen of both countries fired “international salute” (21 volleys from each side),” added the ministry.
The joint drills have kicked off last September 12 and will last until September 19. Likewise, the ministry also explained that the exercises “will take place …in the air, coastal and maritime zones of the South China Sea.”
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Chinese navy spokesman Liang Yang said that the military cooperation is alongside the annual initiative that “aims to consolidate and advance the Sino-Russian comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, and deepen friendly and practical cooperation between the two militaries.”