Chinese Navy officers arrive in Vladivostok ahead of joint Russia-China drills

A fleet of ships sail out at sea as China and Russia's naval joint drill concludes in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China, September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. - RTSOJ1P
Deputy Commander-in-Chief of China’s Navy Tian Zhong and a group of officers have arrived in the Russian port city of Vladivostok to prepare the second stage of joint naval drills with the Russian Pacific Fleet, according to the fleet’s representative, Vladimir Matveev.

Chinese and Russian officers “have been engaged in preparations for holding a second stage of the international naval exercises ‘Naval Interaction-2017,’” Matveev said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

The exercise will be held in two phases from September 18 to 26, with the coastal stage conducted in Vladivostok, and sea maneuvers in the Sea of Japan and Okhotsk Sea.