Russia and China rehearse attacking an ‘enemy’ submarine in joint naval exercise days after Beijing sent wave of 71 fighter jets towards Taiwan

Russia and China have completed naval drills in the East China Sea, after a week of joint exercises which included practising how to capture an enemy submarine with depth charges and firing artillery at a warship, Russia’s defence ministry said.

The December 21-27 exercises, entitled ‘Maritime Interaction-2022’, included Russia’s Pacific Fleet and were carried out in waters off Zhoushan and Taizhou in China’s Zhejiang Province, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.

‘Detachments of warships of the Pacific Fleet and the Naval Forces of the People’s Liberation Army of China have completed practical tasks within the framework of the bilateral naval exercise,’ Russia’s defence ministry said.

‘The ships of the two countries, with the support of anti-submarine aviation, jointly searched for a submarine of a conditional enemy and fired a volley of jet depth charges,’ the ministry said.

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