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Russia, China to conduct joint naval drills in late April 2019


The Russian Navy and the Chinese Navy will hold joint Naval Interaction-2019 exercises in late April - early May, the Russian Defense Ministry recently said in a statement. This annual bilateral drill will be about joint manoeuvring, organization of communication, missile and artillery firing, as well as search and rescue support.


Russia China to conduct joint naval drills in late April 2019 Chinese sailors awaiting for Russian ones during a Chinese-Russian naval exercise (Picture Source: Russian MoD)


"The Russian Navy and the People's Liberation Army Navy will hold annual bilateral Naval Interaction exercises in late April-early May", the statement reads.

During the drills, the Russian and Chinese sailors will practice joint manoeuvring, organization of communication, missile and artillery firing at sea and air targets, as well as search and rescue (SAR) support missions.

The Chinese Defense Ministry said last December that mutual political trust and military cooperation between Russia and China had reached record levels, as evidenced by the numerous bilateral military exchanges and joint participation in major drills. The ministry also praised Russian-Chinese cooperation on maintaining regional stability, as well as on vital international issues.

Russia and China maintain close cooperation in several areas including defence, energy and the economy, as well as a regular political dialogue at the UN Security Council and other international platforms. The Chinese Foreign Ministry defines Beijing's ties with Moscow as a "comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination".