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Iran Press TV

Russia, China to hold military exercise

Iran Press TV

Fri May 6, 2016 6:33AM

Russia and China are to hold their first ever computer-assisted joint military exercise to improve cooperation and coordination between their militaries.

The joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill will be staged later in May at a military research center in Russia, the official English-language China Daily cited a source at China's Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday.

The drill is designed to help the two countries' militaries familiarize themselves with their respective command structures and data transmission processes.

The joint regional drill comes as the Asia-Pacific region is the scene of tensions over several issues, chief among them the military presence of the extra-regional forces from the United States.

Most recently, the US and South Korea have discussed the deployment of a missile system in the South to counter perceived threats from North Korea.

China and Russia are concerned about US military activities in the region and have in particular warned Washington and Seoul to drop the plan for the deployment of the missile system.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the US to respect the "legitimate concerns" of China and Russia over the missile system.

China and Russia regard the US military presence in the region as unjustified and a potential security threat.

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