Russia, China Hold Joint Naval Exercises In Maritime Area Around Shanghai

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Chinese and Russian navies will hold the joint naval exercise “Joint Sea 2022” in waters east of the sea area from Zhoushan to Taizhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province, starting from today (December 21), according to the Chinese navy.

This is a region extending from the mouth of the Yangtze River to islands east off Ningbo, with Shanghai based roughly in the centre. It is about 800km north-west of Taiwan and about 1,800km south of Russia’s Vladivostok Port.

The exercise will be held in accordance with the annual cooperation plan between the Chinese and Russian militaries.

The joint exercise aims to demonstrate the determination and capability of the two sides to jointly respond to maritime security threats and maintain international and regional peace and stability, and to further deepen China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era.

Critics will suggest they are a military build-up designed to threaten Taiwan. Russia’s trade with China has skyrocketed this year with goods from regions close to Shanghai regularly being shipped to Vladivostok to join the Trans-Siberian overland route for distribution across Russia. Our report on 2022 China-Russian trade and the emerging geographic areas being affected can be found here.

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