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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