Russian Navy Chief To Participate In Chinese Naval Conference

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Russia’s newly-appointed navy chief will take part in a major military conference in ally China, amid growing Western criticism of ties between the two countries.

Report says Admiral, Alexander Moiseev will take part in the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) in China’s city of Qingdao, and will also hold bilateral meetings, including with China’s navy top brass.

The visit comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday criticised Chinese support for Russia’s defence industry, saying Beijing was a prime contributor to Moscow’s military efforts in Ukraine through its provision of critical components for weaponry.

Meanwhile, Moiseev was presented at an official ceremony last month as acting chief of the Russian navy, replacing Nikolai Yevmenov, and was later appointed permanently, against the background of several setbacks in the conflict with Ukraine.

The event in China, Russia’s main political ally globally, will take place on April 22-23. Moiseev’s visit will last until April 25.

According to reports, the meeting themed “Seas of Shared Future”, will involve more than 180 navy representatives from 29 countries.

China lays claim to almost the entire South China Sea, a conduit for goods worth more than $3 trillion every year, where Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam also have competing claims.

Since 2002, China and Southeast Asian nations have tried to establish a framework to negotiate a code of conduct for the South China Sea, but progress has been glacial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REUTERS/Christopher Ojilere

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