Russia-China Exercise This Year Likely To Raise Tensions In The South China Sea?

Another Russia-China exercise is in the offing, a show of joint naval powers over the contested waters of the South China Sea in September this year.

Codenamed by Chinese military officials as “Joint Sea-2016,” this year’s Russia-China exercise has been made public via Xinhua, a state-controlled news agency in mainland China.

Quoted by Xinhua was Chinese defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun, who held a regular monthly press conference Thursday in Beijing.

“The drill will consolidate and develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, deepen pragmatic and friendly cooperation between the two militaries, and enhance the capabilities of the two navies to jointly deal with maritime security threats.”

Russia and China have been noted for holding joint military exercises before, the most recent of which was in the Sea of Japan last year, which, as expected, had proved to have irked Japan, the United States, and their allies.

Russia-China exercise

Vietnamese nationals mount a protest rally against China’s territorial claims in the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea on July 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

The announcement about the upcoming Russia-China exercise came two weeks after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines, who filed a case against

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