& Russian navies conduct anti-submarine exercise in Yellow Sea
Russian naval task group arrived at the eastern Chinese port city of
Qingdao on Saturday for joint exercises with the Chinese navy, a captain
"Each vessel was welcomed individually," Captain Roman Martov
told RIA Novosti.
The naval squadron, including the Varyag missile cruiser, three
Udaloy class destroyers and three fleet support ships, will join 16
Chinese surface ships for drills in the Yellow Sea between Aril 22 and
"The exercises will involve several simulated
missions, including the rescue of a hijacked ship, the escort of a commercial
vessel, and the defense a convoy from air and sea attacks," a Russian
defense ministry spokesman said on Friday.
Chinese army chief Gen Chen Bingde has said the drills will promote
"strategic coordination" and "mutual trust" between
the two nations, Xinhua news agency reported.
Russia and China have held a number of joint military exercises since
2005 within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,
which also includes the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.