China and Russia have announced that they will be hosting joint war games to be held in the Asia-Pacific region. Both of these countries are major military powers and both have protested against the increasing presence of the US in the region.
Senior Colonel Wu Qian, the spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry stated that the military leadership of the country had managed to reach a deal with Russia for hosting their Joint Sea 2018 military exercises in the waters of the Yellow Sea, off the coast of Qingdao, a city on the Chinese east coast. The annual drill features not only maritime but also land exercises which are designed for better integration and preparation for what are the most powerful rivals of the US.
Currently, the military experts of both countries are on the second round of the consultations, discussing various aspects such as operation area and time. Wu mentioned that the resulting details will be released later.
Last year, the first phase of the military exercise took place in July. It was the first time that naval drills between the two nations took place in the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is another region where the US is in contention with Russia for influence.
In the second phase, marines from both the countries trained at the Gornostay range in September. The Gornostay range is located in Vladivostok, an eastern province in Russia, and borders China as well as North Korea.