Military drills set to be conducted by the Russian and Chinese navies next week will take place in the Sea of Japan.
The combined exercises will see five naval groups and four Air Force groups comprising of 7 warships, 6 shipborne helicopters, 21 amphibious vehicles, 20 battleships, 2 submarines, 15 warplanes , and 400 marines join forces on August 20th.
The Sea of Japan borders four countries Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Russia. So far, the Chinese Navy has not taken part in exercises in this area.
The main declared task of the drills will be practicing protection of naval communications, anti-submarine training, air defense exercise and anti-ship actions.
For the first time ever the naval exercise will include a joint amphibious assault drill.
Naval training of Russian Pacific Fleet and the Navy of the People’s Liberation Army of China is named Joint Sea-2015(II) and will be held off the coast of Primorsky Krai in Russia’s Pacific region, some 650 kilometers from the coast of Japan.
The first, smaller part, of the Joint Sea exercise took place in the Mediterranean on May 11-21 this year.
Meanwhile, Moscow has agreed to take part in naval military exercises together with its Asia Pacific allies in the disputed South China Sea next May.
“We are strongly in favor for any dispute in South China Sea, in East China Sea, in any sea for that matter, to be resolved on the basis of the international law, including, first of all, the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, on the basis of the declaration signed between China and ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations],” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to Singapore’s Channel News Asia, in early August.
“On this basis the countries directly involved in any dispute should find mutually acceptable solution without any outside interference,” Lavrov added.