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Beijing, Singapore Launch Joint Military Drills in South China Sea in Bid to Boost Regional Defences

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The statement comes after both nations inked an agreement in 2019 to boost military ties, following joint naval exercises in 2016, Chinese media reported, adding the agreement would include high-level talks and academic exchanges, among others.

Beijing announced on Wednesday it will conduct joint military drills with Singapore in a bid to strengthen defence capabilities with Southeast Asian neighbours. China’s Defence Ministry said in a short statement the drills with the Singapore Navy would involve search and rescue operations along with communication exercises.

The exercise was “a consensus reached by the two navies, aimed at enhancing mutual trust, deepening friendship, promoting cooperation, and jointly promoting the construction of a maritime community with a shared future,” Chinese naval spokesperson Gao Xiucheng said in a statement. Both parties also agreed to increase the scope and scale of current bilateral exercises, the report added.

In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz transits the Arabian Sea.

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