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    Russian-Chinese Naval Drills: Message to Abe or America?

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    Sergey Strokan, Andrew Korybko
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    Russia and China are scheduled to begin their largest-ever joint naval drills this week in the Sea of Japan, with observers wondering whether this move is a signal to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or to the United States.

    In an article entitled “U.S. Navy on alert: China, Russia to launch largest-ever joint navy exercise”, carried by The Washington Times and written by Guy Taylor, the author says that:

    “The “Joint Sea 2015 II” exercises will run through Aug. 28 in the Sea of Japan and off the coast of Vladivostok” and that “The first “Joint Sea 2015” operation played out in the Mediterranean Sea in April.” He continues by writing that:

    “The drills will take place in the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and the Sea of Japan, according to Xinhua. Citing a “source close to the operation,” the news services said the two nations will simulate anti-submarine combat and air defense and other relevant missions, including the joint beach landing of troops.” And finally, he concludes that:

    The drills “are not targeted at any third party and are not relevant to regional status-quo,” the source was quoted as saying in the Xinhua report. “The drills are part of annual exchange program between Chinese and Russian militaries.”

    Dmitry Babich, political analyst and journalist, Yuri Tavrovsky, Professor at the People’s Friendship University of Russia and Dr. Oh Eh Sun, Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University Singapore commented on the issue.

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    military drills, joint naval drill, pivot to Asia, Russian-Chinese relations, navy, Shinzo Abe, United States, Japan, Russia, China
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