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    Thursday saw the beginning of the second phase of Sea Cooperation – 2015, a large-scale joint military exercise between Russia and China.

    Russia and China have started the second phase of "Sea Cooperation – 2015", a series of naval exercises which are being conducted in Peter the Great Bay near the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, Russian media reports said.

    Taking part in the drills from both sides are 22 warships, submarines and auxiliary vessels, 20 aircraft, more than 500 marines and 40 armored vehicles, according to Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov, Deputy Chief of the Russian Navy. On August 24, the  active phase of the eight-day exercise will begin.

    The press service of the Russian Pacific Fleet stated, in turn, that the main goal of the exercises will be drilling joint operations at sea, on land and in the air.

    Notably, the exercises are occurring at the same time as NATO’s ongoing airborne drills, which have already been described as the largest war games in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

    Alexander Fedotenkov, for his part, touted the scale of the Russian-Chinese naval drills as "unprecedented".

    Moscow and Beijing specifically stressed that the drills are not directed against other countries and aim to bolster "Chinese-Russian relations of comprehensive strategic interaction and partnership, deepen friendly military cooperation and strengthen combat capability to jointly confront threats in the sea," according to the Chinese Defense Ministry.

    • The destroyer Shenyang that has arrived in Vladivostok together with six other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise
      The destroyer Shenyang that has arrived in Vladivostok together with six other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise
      © Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov
    • Sailors from the destroyer Taizhou that has arrived in Vladivostok together with six other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise.
      Sailors from the destroyer Taizhou that has arrived in Vladivostok together with six other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise.
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    • The crew of the destroyer Shenyang that has arrived in Vladivostok together with six other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise.
      The crew of the destroyer Shenyang that has arrived in Vladivostok together with six other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise.
      © Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov
    • Chinese Navy officers during a ceremony of welcoming the crews of Chinese warships involved in the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise
      Chinese Navy officers during a ceremony of welcoming the crews of Chinese warships involved in the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise
      © Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov
    • From left: The destroyers Shenyang and Taizhou that have arrived in Vladivostok together with five other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise
      From left: The destroyers Shenyang and Taizhou that have arrived in Vladivostok together with five other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise
      © Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov
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    The destroyer Shenyang that has arrived in Vladivostok together with six other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise

     

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