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Russia And China Will Hold Joint Naval Drills In Contested South China Sea

When on July 12 we described the symbolic, if utterly meaningless ruling by the Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 12, according to which China had no legal claim on most of the South China Sea (obviously, a ruling that China said repeatedly both before and after it would ignore), we said that “Ironically, in attempting to stem China’s territorial expansions in the region, the tribunal will likely just provoke Beijing even more.”

Just over two weeks later we got the first official confirmation that this is precisely what has happened, when overnight China’s Defense Ministry announced that China and Russia would hold “routine” naval exercises in the contested area in the South China Sea this coming September, “adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.” …

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