BEIJING, July 11 (Itar-Tass) - Chinese and Russian naval sailors entered a new level of cooperation during joint naval exercises “Maritime Interaction-2013”, the China Daily newspaper cited Deputy Commander of the Navy of the People’s Liberation Army of China Ding Yiping as saying on Thursday.
“The military exercises showed a more coordinated organization, during the drills its participants attained a higher level of interaction than during the last year’s exercises in the Yellow Sea. Chinese and Russian naval sailors, who were participating in the naval exercises, performed all the tasks,” he said. Meanwhile, Ding Yiping noted, “The sides were seeking for the exercises to become regular and to have a well-coordinated mechanism of holding them.”
“Deeper relations of comprehensive strategic cooperation and partnership between China and Russia that were attained at the naval exercises are long-term and strategic,” he stated. “We should understand well that a peaceful sea is a pledge of economic cooperation between our countries and a pledge of peace in the whole world, therefore, we should be ready to rebuff any threats,” Ding Yiping noted.
For the three days of the naval exercises that ended on July 10 the warships of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the warships of the People’s Liberation Army of China drilled the tasks of guarding and defence of ships in a defenceless harbour, conducted a forced crossing of dangerous areas and convoyed civilian vessels. The rebuff of an air attack of a conventional enemy was mocked up, a search-and-rescue operation to help a ship in distress, artillery drills on different kinds of surface and air targets were staged. Russian and Chinese marine commandoes freed a vessel, which “was captured by the pirates.”
Over 4,000 servicemen from both sides, seven Chinese warships and over ten warships of the Russian Pacific Fleet were participating in the naval exercises.