Published: Thu, August 04, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

China and Russian Federation to hold joint drills in South China Sea

China and Russian Federation to hold joint drills in South China Sea

China and Russian Federation are underscoring their military partnership, by holding a joint naval exercise in the South China Sea (SCS), following a ruling, by an worldwide tribunal at The Hague, which did not go in Beijing's favour.

They also said the drills will be held to strengthen their cooperation and not to target any other country.

A Chinese citizen, identified only by the surname Zhong, entered Vietnam on July 23 and found the passport was "defaced while crossing the border", according to a statement posted on the website of Beijing's consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.

The South China Sea is the subject of a territorial dispute between China and several regional countries.

The Council on Foreign Relations noted in 2015 that 5.3 trillion dollars of world goods moved through the South China Sea, with 1.2 trillion of that bound for US shores.

Furthermore, West says she has long "raised concern over Chinese island-building and military deployment in the South China Sea".

It includes clips of talking heads who support China's claims to most of the waters and seem to downplay the worldwide tribunal that rejected the legal basis for China's assertions.

Japan, the US and Australia have been citing global laws for some time, but in fact they have been adopting a double standard towards worldwide laws, which they adopt only when the worldwide laws fit their needs, said the spokesperson.

Last month, an arbitration court in The Hague ruled that China did not have historic rights to the sea.

He also added that the exercise is "not directed against third parties".

The Philippines, which brought the case, called on China to respect the ruling. China kept any mention of the judgment from appearing in a joint communique from issued at the conclusion Tuesday of a meeting between it and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. China itself has denounced the United States for holding drills in the sea. China's attempts in the past to conduct oil exploration in the disputed areas of the South China Sea sparked anti-China riots in Vietnam in 2014 in which two Chinese were killed and over a hundred injured.

"One such issue is how should China, which controls Scarborough Shoal, provide for the Philippines' traditional fishing rights in and around the shoal, which have now been recognized as legally valid", said Peter Dutton from the U.S. Naval War College.

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