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LinkAsia | Feb 25
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In other news, China has been critical of the joint US-Philippines naval exercises being held in the South China Sea. But meanwhile, China and Russia are in the midst of their own naval drills in the Yellow Sea. Here’s how Chinese state-run broadcaster, CCTV, covered the news.
It's another day of tough drills for both country's elite naval forces, and today's schedule is the busiest. Topping the agenda are joint air defense, anti-submarine, search and rescue, and resupply exercises. Eight aircraft have been deployed to join the surface ship fleet, forming a comprehensive air defense system, but all this wouldn't be possible without a well-coordinated command center. Long before the day's drills began, the men and women here had been working hard to get all the details right. And the joint command center is composed of both Chinese and Russian naval officers. Their efforts are being aided by real-time monitoring that gives them a direct view of all that is going on in the sea.
Tian Zhong, Command Center Operator:
Today's joint drills focus on establishing a joint defense system for which we have conducted joint air defense, anti-submarine, joint resupply, search and rescue, and maritime search and destroy missions. The joint command center is functioning well and the drills have proceeded as planned.
More than 4,000 Chinese servicemen, 16 vessels, and two submarines are taking part in the drills. These exercises are meant to deepen the partnership between China and Russia, and build ties between the two country's militaries.