Joint Naval Exercise by China, Russia and Iran
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- China, Russia and Iran to hold joint naval drills from December 27 to 30 to deepen exchange and cooperation between the navies of the three countries.
- The exercise is launched from the southeastern port city of Chabahar in the Gulf of Oman and is aimed at boosting the security of the region’s waterways.
- The Chabahar port has been jointly developed by India, Iran, and Afghanistan.
- It is a part of “normal military cooperation” between the three countries.
- During the exercise, China would deploy its guided-missile destroyer — the “carrier killer” for its array of anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles.
- The exercise comes in the backdrop of the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and escalated sanctions on Iran by the USA.