China, Pakistan in joint drills
Follow on visit for PLA Navy after Iranian trip.
China and Pakistan begin joint naval exercise
After their visit to Iran, the Changchun, a Type 052C guided-missile destroyer, and Changzhou, a Type 054A guided-missile frigate of the PLA Navy’s 17th Escort Task Force, arrived at Karachi on Sept. 27 to prepare for a joint naval exercise with Pakistan, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Both vessels from the PLA Navy’s East Sea Fleet are on their way to the Gulf of Aden to conduct anti-piracy missions. They stopped by in Iran and Pakistan to conduct a joint naval exercise with the two nations. The Chinese and Iranian navies carried out drills on anti-access and aerial denial strategies against the United States at Bandar Abbas. At Karachi, China is trying to soldify its relationship with Pakistan through launching a joint exercise as well.
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