PLAN to limit drill forces

China’s role in joint drill with Iran and Russia limited to anti-piracy forces, analysts say

Minnie Chan

China is expected to limit its involvement in a joint naval drill with Iran and Russia to non-combat forces to underline its desire not to be drawn into Middle East conflicts, according to Chinese military analysts.

Instead of sending a regular naval mission to take part in the trilateral joint exercise, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) might send only its routine anti-piracy fleet, which has been deployed to Somali waters to protect commercial vessels, the analysts said.

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