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China, Russia navies to hold drills in S. China Sea

By Agencies

China, Russia navies to hold drills in S. China Sea
This photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea. (STR/AFP)

BEIJING - The navies of China and Russia will hold a joint drill in South China Sea in September, spokesperson Yang Yujun of China's Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The drill, codenamed Joint Sea-2016, is a product of the consensus reached by the two sides, said Yang.

Held on both land and sea, the drill is a routine one between China and Russia, and does not target any third party, according to Yang.

The drill will consolidate and develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, deepen pragmatic and friendly cooperation between the two militaries, and enhance the capabilities of the two navies to jointly deal with maritime security threats, Yang said.

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