China to conduct naval drills with Russia in East China Sea

BEIJING Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:24pm EDT

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it would conduct joint naval drills with Russia in the East China Sea off Shanghai in late May, in what it called a bid to deepen military cooperation.

China's defense ministry did not give an exact location in the East China Sea, where Beijing is locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with Japan over the ownership of a group of uninhabited islets.

"These drills are regular exercises held by China and Russia's navies, and the purpose is to deepen practical cooperation between the two militaries, to raise the ability to jointly deal with maritime security threats," the ministry said on its website.

It provided no other details.

China alarmed Japan, South Korea and the United States last year when it announced an air defense identification zone for the East China Sea, covering the islands.

The Beijing government, which is swiftly ramping up military spending, has regularly dispatched patrols to the East China Sea since it established the defense zone.

China was angered last week after U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan that Washington was committed to its defense, including the disputed isles.

Earlier this month, Tokyo announced it would break ground on a new radar base in the area, on a tropical Japanese island close to Taiwan.

The radar station on Yonaguni Island, just 150 km (93 miles) from the disputed islands in the East China Sea, marks Japan's first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years.

China and Russia have close diplomatic, security and economic ties, and regularly carry out military exercises together.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard)

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Comments (6)
sabrefencer wrote:
No surprise there…it is like a tom Clancy novel, coming to reality, under Obamas’ watch

Apr 30, 2014 4:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bytemyass wrote:
For those of you incapable of strategic thought, I’ll lay it out for you:

The racial divide in America is growing. So is the number of unemployed. The size of your paycheck and the number of childbirths is shrinking. The middle class is getting squeezed. The moral fiber of this country has been shredded. Our military, strung out all over the place, has been castrated by politics. People are drowning in debt and our healthcare system is in shambles (regardless of what the leftist media tells you). Tax dollar waste is as bad as it’s ever been. Just like America’s reputation in the world. Then there are the distractions like illegal immigration, “gay” marriage, school shootings (whether those are false flags are not is beside the point, hence, irrelevant here), “global warming”, et al. And the “economic recovery” that never was…

…and now, China is all butt-hurt about our relationship with Japan (and South Korea, but they’ll let Porky Kim take care of that). Russia is all butt-hurt about those useless “sanctions” imposed by America’s “president”. I haven’t run the numbers on Russian and Chinese military lately, but I’ll bet a box of Shipley’s chocolate-iced donuts they’re in better shape than America is. Yeah, we got the nukes if it comes down to *real* nut-cuttin’, but I don’t see the Messiah pushing the button. That’s not to say if some “unforeseen circumstance” puts the finger of Joe Biden, Professional Idiot, on it, that he won’t push it. He’s just retarded enough to do it.

So, what do we have? US troops still tied up in the Middle East, and some now in Poland, and those scattered about willy-nilly in other foreign bases, such as the 38th Parallel, which will give Porky Kim the excuse to create a diversion by vaporizing Seoul (with China’s blessing). Let the games begin! China & Russia, under the guise of conducting “drills”, obliterate the rest of the peninsula, as well as Japan. Sleeper cells in the US, backed by the Dynamic Duo, set off suitcase nukes in strategic locations. What? Suitcase nukes. Small (1 kiloton) portable bang-bangs tat could make a god-awful mess if detonated. Remember back in the late ’90s when 100 were reportedly “missing”? You don’t? Google “missing russian suitcase nukes”, then. No sense in sending missiles, as that would only ruin a lot of good real estate, as well as risk nuclear retaliation. There wouldn’t even be the need to invade, thus sparing more unnecessary expense. Let’s see…what would be good targets? New York, of course. Los Angeles, just for a good body count, if nothing else. Nuclear power plants, to make a nice mess and turn off some lights. Refineries, of course…can get around too well without oil and gasoline. DC is a given. Military posts, too. Larger electrical generating plants. Oooh! The Hoover Dam! That would be a sight to see.

This could all be carried out easily over a period of just a few days, and bring America to a screeching halt.

Apr 30, 2014 6:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:
China and Russia are members of the SCO, a military, economic, and political alliance with 4 central Asian lands. They will watch Afghanistan after the US and NATO leave. They have conducted joint police, military, and naval exercises to prepare. China and Russia conducted a similar naval exercise in the Peter the Great Bay that opens into the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok about six months ago. Fourteen Russian and eight Chinese warships conducted maneuvers and firing exercises, and these planned naval maneuvers will likely be similar.

China’s first ADIZ is much smaller than the vast network of US ADIZs that have been in place since WWII. One purpose is to defend against terrorist attacks, similar to 9-11, using inbound airliners. The US chooses to oppose China’s growth, but this enables China to develop its own tactics for using ADIZs without interference. China’s ally, Russia, can join China in developing and using new technologies for their mutual defense.

Apr 30, 2014 6:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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