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Four Reasons Why the New China-Russia Exercises Are Extraordinary


China and Russia have strengthened their partnership. Between August 20 and August 28 two countries have conducted naval drills in the Sea of Japan. There are four reasons which explain why China-Russia exercises are above ordinary.

  1. Based on the length of exercises, this is China’s longest series of exercises. China has never done before a 19-day event with a foreign power. China and Russia have cooperated in both the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Japan. These military exercises showed how two forces are ready to defend maritime passages near and far from the countries’ borders.
  2. The number of forces included in this exercise is huge. According to sources, it has been estimated that 23 surface ships, two submarines, 15 planes, 8 helicopters, 400 naval infantrymen and 30 amphibious landing ships were a part of this military exercise.
  3. This is the first time that Chinese air force went abroad in order to join exercises.
  4. The scenario in Chinese-Russian exercises is directed toward the organization and strategy of military actions in a landing operation.


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