Russia, China to Hold 2nd Missile Defense Drill in 2017

© Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov / Go to the photo bankRussian and Chinese servicemen shake hands during the Russian-Chinese drill "Naval Interaction-2015" at the Klerk testing grounds in Russia's Primorye Territory.
Russian and Chinese servicemen shake hands during the Russian-Chinese drill Naval Interaction-2015 at the Klerk testing grounds in Russia's Primorye Territory. - Sputnik International
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Russia and China will hold their second missile defense drill in 2017, Beijing's military announced.

BEIJING (Sputnik) — Russian and Chinese troops will take part in the second missile defense military exercises in 2017, the deputy chief of operations at China's Central Military Commission Joint Staff Department said Tuesday.

"In line with a reached agreement, the Russian and Chinese armed forces will hold the second missile defense drills in 2017," Maj. Gen. Cai Jun told reporters within the framework of the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing.

The servicemen from Russia and China participated in May in the first such exercises dubbed Aerospace Security-2016, he added.

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According to Cai, the 2016 drills proved that Moscow and Beijing were ready to maintain regional security and stability by joint efforts.

Russia and China have stepped up their defense cooperation in recent years. The countries hold joint training exercises, while top defense officials meet for talks on international and regional security, as well as bilateral military and technical cooperation.

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