China, Russia navies to hold drills in South China Sea: China

July 28, 2016 7:37 AM

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China, Russia navies to hold drills in South China Sea: China

BEIJING China and Russia will hold 'routine' naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in the Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there.

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