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China in Baltic navy drill with Russia

Three Chinese warships are in the Baltic to start China’s first naval exercises with Russia in the region. The Chinese destroyer, frigate and supply ship will spend a week training with the Russian navy off Kaliningrad, a highly militarised Russian exclave. The destroyer called Hefei is a new Type 052D bristling with missiles. Russia is deploying two new corvettes, some other ships and military aircraft in the drills. Anti-submarine, anti-ship and rescue drills are planned. Chinese-Russian military drills have been held every year since 2012, but they are conducting them in the Baltic for the first time, closely watched by Nato. The Western alliance has boosted its forces in Poland and the Baltic

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