China and Russia will hold joint military drills in the waters and airspace of the Sea of Japan, Beijing said Thursday, the latest defenSe cooperation between the countries.
The exercises will take place Aug. 20-28 in the Peter the Great Gulf and other areas off the Russian coast, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters.
A key purpose of the drills was to “further enhance their capabilities of jointly coping with maritime security threats,” Yang said, adding they will include training in air defense, anti-submarine and surface warfare, and
China will send seven naval ships including a destroyer and a frigate, along with fighter jets and other aircraft, Yang said. Russia’s contingent will include surface vessels, submarines and fixed wing
aircraft, he said, adding that both sides will dispatch ship-borne helicopters