Russia and China have started an eight day naval drill "Joint Sea-2016" in the South China Sea, reported the Chinese Information Resource Xinhua citing a Chinese Navy spokesperson Liang Yang.

 China and Russia will stage an eight-day Navy drill in the South China Sea off southern China's Guangdong Province starting Monday, said Liang Yan.

The participants will undertake joint island seizing activities, sea crossing and island landing operations, as well as island defense and offense exercises.

The drills involve surface ships, submarines, aircrafts, ship-borne helicopters marine corps and amphibious armored equipment. Reportedly, this will be the largest joint naval drills between China and Russia.

The military will undertake defense, rescue, and anti-submarine operations.

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