DSP - Are China, Russia, and Iran Planning a Joint Naval Drill?

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An Iranian news outlet has announced that China, Russia, and Iran will be holding a joint naval drill in the Sea of Oman.

The South China Morning Post reports that General Ghadir Nezami, the head of international affairs and defense diplomacy of Iran's General Staff of the Armed Forces was quoted saying:

"The exercises have different goals, including the exchange of tactical and military experiences, and sometimes they seek political goals which show a kind of convergence between participants."

He went on to say:

"Officials at the level of defence minister, chief of staff of the armed forces and commanders of the armed forces will come to Iran in the near future and these actions reflect Iran's active defence diplomacy."

Although Iran has publicized the event, the Chinese state media has not mentioned it.

Naval expert based in Beijing, Li Jie talked about the timing of the drill in reference to the September 14 Saudi oil refinery attacks saying:

"The timing of the joint exercise might be a bit sensitive and some might take it as a show of China's support for Iran should there be any military conflicts between countries."

So, what does this all mean? Is there really going to be a joint naval drill? Listen to Bryan Suits below to find out!

 

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