War games in Philippines and Yellow Sea

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Soldiers from the Russian Pacific Fleet's flagship Varyag pose for a group photo during their visit on the missile destroyer "Shenyang" of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, April 22, 2012. Photo courtesy of China Ministry of Defense/Xinhua/Zha Chunming.

As the Philippines and US military officers hold their regular 2-week Balikatan or shoulder-to-shoulder exercises in various parts of this southeast Asian country, China and Russia are also holding their  first navy exercises. The irony is evident: China and the Philippines are in a territorial dispute over areas in the South China Sea. Meantime, the 6-day navy drills for the officers of China and Russia are taking place off China’s east coast, also known as the Yellow Sea. Boosting military might, skills or budgets are in full display.

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