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China, Russia planning East China Sea drills: Xinhua

Published on May 1, 2014 12:31 PM

EIJING (AFP) - China and Russia will carry out joint naval exercises in the East China Sea later this month, state media reported on Thursday, with China and Japan embroiled in a territorial dispute in the area.

The drills, to take place off Shanghai, are scheduled for late in the month, the official Xinhua news agency said in a brief report, citing China's Defence Ministry.

The drills were described as "regular exercises" and come after the two countries held similar manoeuvres last year off Russia's Far East coast, Xinhua said.

China and Japan both claim a small, uninhabited archipelago in the East China Sea, administered by Japan as the Senkaku Islands, but which China calls the Diaoyu Islands.

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