Next month, the Chinese and Russian Navies will hold their largest ever joint exercise in waters close to Japan. More from Neal Conan, in today’s latest Pacific News Minute.
This will be the fourth consecutive year for joint exercises in the Pacific. 16 vessels took part last year, 20 are scheduled to participate this year including, for the first time carrier based aircraft. The major tactical drill is a joint amphibious assault in Russia's Primorsky territory about 250 miles from Japan.