MOSCOW, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Russia and China have completed naval drills in the East China Sea, following a week of joint drills that included practicing capturing an enemy submarine with depth charges. marines and artillery fire at a warship, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Dec. 21-27 drills, titled “Maritime Interaction-2022,” included Russia’s Pacific Fleet and were carried out in the waters off Zhoushan and Taizhou in China’s Zhejiang province, the state news agency said. Chinese Xinhua.
“Warship detachments from the Pacific Fleet and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army naval forces carried out practical tasks within the framework of the bilateral naval exercise,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“Vessels from both countries, with the support of anti-submarine aviation, jointly searched for a submarine of a conditional enemy and fired a salvo of jet-propelled depth charges,” the ministry said. .
The ministry released a video showing a group of Russian and Chinese warships in the East China Sea, with Russian sailors speaking Mandarin to their Chinese counterparts and Russian ships firing missiles.
Once a leader in the global communist hierarchy, Russia, after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, is now a junior partner to a resurgent China that is already at the helm of some 21st century technologies.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping is due to meet with President Vladimir Putin before the end of the year, the TASS news agency reported.