Starting on Friday, China, Iran and Russia will conduct joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman, amid heightened tensions between the United States and the Persian nation.
China will send its guided-missile destroyer Xining to the drills, which will last until Monday, the Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian announced and added that the exercises are part of normal military cooperation that is online with international law and practices.
Seen from a geopolitical viewpoint, the area where the joint exercises are taking place is potentially very sensitive, for it contains the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf and the Oman Gulf.
This 90-nautical-miles natural corridor is a highly important location for trade given that 33 percent of the world’s liquefied natural gas and 25 percent of the global oil consumption passes through it. (TELESUR)