China, Russia Plan Naval Drills in South China Sea – Wall Street Journal

BEIJING—China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, amid heightened regional tension following an international tribunal’s rejection of Beijing’s maritime claims there.

China’s defense-ministry spokesman, Senior Col. Yang Yujun, gave few details at a monthly news conference on Thursday but said the drills were “routine” and not directed at any other…

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