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US 'closely tracking' as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with Russia Chinese warships will joinÂ Vladimir Putinâs navy in the Baltic Sea on Friday ahead of war games which are being watched closely by Western powers. The drills, which are a sign of both the growing reachÂ of the Chinese military and closer strategic ties between Moscow and Beijing, kick off a busy summer of drills by Russia in eastern Europe which have raised alarm in Washington. Chinaâs most advanced guided-missile destroyers are expected to arrive in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on Friday before taking to the seas with a Russian flotilla on Monday for exercises that will run until July 31. The Type 052D destroyer, Changsha, missile frigate Yuncheng and supply ship Luoma Lake are taking part in the drills. PLA navy ships to enter Baltic Sea for the first time to hold joint exercises with Russia https://t.co/dhiqc5On0Bpic.twitter.com/SthAGIEu9câ China News ä¸ĺ˝ć°éťç˝ (@Echinanews) July 19, 2017 The Changsha was described as Chinaâs âmost advanced guided-missile destroyerâ by Chinese media, while the Yuncheng is also believed to be among the most capableÂ frigates in the People Liberation Army (PLA) NavyâsÂ arsenal. "By sending its most advanced guided-missile destroyers, China is expressing its sincerity to Russia and also sends a strong signal to other countries who plan to provoke us," Li Jie, a Beijing-based navy expert, told the state-run Global Times. The Royal Navy escorted a flotilla of Chinese warships through English waters as it prepared to carry out drills with Vladimir Putin's forces. Credit: Rob Verkerk While China has dispatched some of its most high-end warships to the joint exercise, the continent from Russiaâs Baltic fleet is much smaller. Just two combat ships â new corvettes of the Steregushchy class â will be joined by a support tug, naval Ka-27 helicopters and land-based Su-24 fighter-bombers as air support.Â The reason for such a small showing at this yearâs Joint Sea exercise is straightforward, says Maxim Shepovalenko, a former Russian navy captain and expert at the Moscow-based Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), said the small Russian showing was because there wasÂ "no need for a large-scale exercise" in the Baltic, "merely a symbolic one". "I canât imagine the Russian navy ever holding a large-scale naval drill even by itself. And for the Chinese Navy, this is just a way to get a taste for âglobal reach,ââ Mr Shepovalenko said. The exercise will run the course of a week, and will feature anti-submarine, anti-aircraft, and anti-ship drills. The two sides will also practice anti-piracy as well as search and rescue operations. The joint flotilla is under the command of Russian Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov and Chinese Vice-Admiral Tian Zhong.Â The drills are being conducted in Russian, according to the Baltic Fleetâs press service. China has been expanding its military reach by building up its naval forces and establishing its first overseas military base in the tiny east African nation of Djibouti this year. The manoeuvresÂ in the Baltic Sea are being seen by Chinese experts as a show of force following joint drills by the United States and Beijing's two key Asian rivals - India and Japan â in the Indian Ocean earlier this month. Observers also say they are directed at Nato, and underscore Chinaâs aspirations to be a major blue sea power and a rival to US naval might. A statement from the United States European command said: âWe are closely tracking Russian exercises with other participants, like China. âWhile we support their rights to train in international commons, we expect all nations adhere to international norms and laws,â the statement added, according the the Stars and stripes military news website. US and Japanese (R) Navy ships are pictured docked at a harbour during the inauguration of joint naval exercises with India in Chennai on July 10, 2017.Â Credit: AFP The drills mark the first occasion that Chinese warships have ever carried out manoeuvres in the strategically important Baltic Sea, and come after recent exercises in the Mediterranean. Wei Dongxu, a Beijing based military expert, said that Britain would feel a loss of prestige over the Chinese drills, given its history as a maritime power. âIf you look back 30 years ago, there was no way that Britain could have imagined China could dispatch such advanced warships to carry out these activities,â he told The Telegraph. âI expect China will have overwhelming advantage over Britain on naval strength.â A named commentary in the Global Times on Friday that the drills are part of a wider plan of âenhancing (Chinaâs) presence in oceans around the worldâ. âChina should not back down from its current stance in the face of criticism from NATO countries,â said the commentary, from Cui Heng. a PhD candidate at the Center for Russian Studies, East China Normal University. âAn appropriate entry into the NATO countries' "backyard" like the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea will reflect China's confidence and strength.â Members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy stand on the Liaoning aircraft carrier as it sails into Hong Kong, china, on Friday, July 7, 2017.Â Credit: Bloomberg Meanwhile, concerns have been raised by the US military over Russian war games in Belarus - an ally of Moscow - in September. Some NATO allies believe the Russian exercise could number more than 100,000 troops and involve nuclear weapons training, the biggest such exercise since 2013. US Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, who heads US Army forces in Europe, told Reuters that allies are also concerned that the manouvres could be a âTrojan horseâ, in which Russia would leave equipment behind. Additional reporting by Christine Wei
U.S. withholds Pakistan reimbursement over Haqqani network: Pentagon The United States will withhold $50 million remaining in military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 because Defense Secretary Jim Mattis believes that Islamabad has not done enough to blunt the Islamist militant Haqqani network, a U.S. official said on Friday.
Freshen up: the best water-based moisturizers for summer Along with warmer weather, summer brings with it the ideal opportunity to switch up your beauty regime. Trade in heavier creams and lotions for one of these innovative water- or gel-based formulas, which are designed to cool and soothe the skin while also providing long-lasting hydration. Having already sold out twice at Sephora since it launched in April this year, Tatcha's The Water Cream is one of the beauty emporium's best-selling moisturizersÂ ever.
A tenderloin gets an assist from dark brown sugar, paprika As its name implies, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork, and comes from the full loin. It's mild in flavor and takes well to rubs, marinades and sauces. Tenderloins range in weight from 10 ounces to 1 1/2 pounds. I prefer the smaller 10-12 ounce tenderloins and look for those when I am shopping for meat.
Trump Jr., Manafort in talks with Senate panel WASHINGTON (AP) â President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman are discussing being privately interviewed by a Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the panel confirmed Friday.
Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions Qatar's ruler said Friday that the Gulf emirate is ready for talks to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led bloc so long as his country's sovereignty is respected. "We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems," so long as Qatar's "sovereignty is respected," Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in his first public comments since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with the gas-rich emirate. "Any settlement of the crisis must be based on two principles," he said in a televised speech.
Iraqi bridge is sole link for Mosul residents rebuilding lives By Angus MacSwan MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - On a pontoon bridge connecting East and West Mosul, residents of a city shattered by the battle to expel Islamic State cross back and forth trying to rebuild their lives from the rubble. Other bridges, including the landmark Iron Bridge, were wrecked in nine months of urban warfare which saw Iraqi government forces fight the militants street-by-street and house-by-house. All have tales of hardship and suffering under three years of Islamic State rule and, despite their relief that is over, now they are worried about their present predicament and the future.
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