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South China Sea

The drills aimed to “consolidate and develop” China and Russia’s comprehensive strategic partnership, and “enhance the capabilities of the two navies to jointly deal with maritime security threats” Yang said.

The announcement comes after an arbitration court in the Hague ruled out that there was “no legal basis” to Beijing’s vast claims in the South China Sea and criticised its environmental destruction there.

Four Asean members – Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei – have competing claims with Beijing over parts of the South China Sea.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded to the ruling by saying that Russian Federation is not a participant in the territorial dispute and doesn’t support any side.

Major General Wang Xiaojun – the Military, Naval and Air attache at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, articulated his country’s tough dispute on the South China Sea dispute.

China’s Defense Ministry also confirmed Thursday that it would move forward with anti-missile system tests in response to South Korea’s decision to employ an advanced us anti-missile system.

Yang said the exercises weren’t targeted at any third parties.

The sea is a strategic water route in the region, with cargo traffic worth several trillion dollars moving through it annually.

In Manila yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that China must accept the ruling of an global court as the basis of negotiations with the Philippines.

Returning from an Asean foreign ministers meeting in Vientiane, Mr. Sounry told reporters that accusations that Cambodia “vetoed” the ruling’s inclusion at the request of China-which promised the government more than half a billion dollars in aid this month-were false. He didn’t disclose the specific location, and some areas of the South China Sea are not disputed. Vietnam and the Philippines have clashed with China over specks of reef and rock in the South China Sea.

The video is “not a reflection of my record or views”, Ms West said on Twitter, adding she was “deeply concerned by this misrepresentation” and that she had “consistently voiced concern over militarisation of (the) South China Sea by China”.

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoia Trung told The Associated Press this week that his country would aim to settle its disputes with China through bilateral negotiations — something China has pressed Southeast Asian countries for — even though it doesn’t rule out applying worldwide laws.