BEIJING: China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.
The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in the Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticised its environmental destruction there.
China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case.
"This is a routine exercise between the two armed forces, aimed at strengthening the developing China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership," China's defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a news conference.
"The exercise is not directed against third parties."
Due to Modi we lost one of our true friend Russia
Russia was never a friend to anyone.. see history. it always had bitterest of fights with those who were allies at one point. Soviets always cheated on us.
russian support has come at a price .defence deals with them have been a rip off,having said that for strategic reasons india should not let russia slip away in lieu of us friendship..russian friendship has its price but it is a proven ally ..much better than china pak "master-dog" relationship
Why pull Russia into this mess ? Obese dragon wants respectability for its day light dirty exercises. Russia should stay out of it.
hahaha.. look at cow piii drinker looking scared and pretending to be civilized. modi affect?
Russia is clearly siding China. As India moves closer to US and Japan, we are losing our traditional friend. US at the expense of Russia? What happened to our cornerstone policy of non-alignment?
Why do they want hold the drill in SCS only and why not at some other place? This only means that both the countries want to just tease USA nothing else!
Russia finally was to back China to counter US. US desperately needs an Asian power to counter Chinese expansionism and after the pakistani thoughtless tilt towards China US has to choose India as its ally in the region.