China and Russia to launch Mediterranean Sea Cooperation
Russia and China are to hold a joint, first-ever, naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea in mid-May.
According to Beijing, nine warships from the two countries are to participate.
"The aim is to deepen both countries' friendly and practical cooperation, and increase our navies' ability to jointly deal with maritime security threats," Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said on Thursday.
"What needs saying is that these exercises are not aimed at any third party and have nothing to do with the regional situation," he added, saying that the Chinese Navy would contribute its warships currently on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.
Source: Russia Today