China denies joining military drill in Syria Published: 2012-7-31 17:44:00

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The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied foreign reports that China dispatched a destroyer to Syria to join the naval drill there, the Global Times reported Tuesday.

According to, the Egyptian daily Al-Shuruk reported Sunday that a Chinese destroyer sailed through the Suez Canal in Egypt into the Mediterranean Sea, and that the destroyer could be heading for the Syrian coast where four countries including China and Syria are reportedly holding naval military drills.

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The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied foreign reports that China dispatched a destroyer to Syria, clarifying that the missile destroyer Qingdao was on its way to the Ukraine and not participation in the military drills, in a written reply to the question from the Chinese edition of Global Times on Sunday.

Song Xiaojun, a Beijing-based military expert, explained that all kinds of weird speculations are made over the normal visits of Chinese warships, as China does not stand with the Western countries over the Syrian issue.

Source: Global Times
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"Russian ships are not planning to call at the Syrian port of Tartus. They will continue to perform combat missions in line with their cruise plans, which were made in 2011," Chirkov said.

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The Bremerton-based Stennis was scheduled to deploy at the end of the year to the western Pacific. It returned from the Middle East in March.

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 Daily News Egypt Ministry of the Interior denies Chinese warship crossing at Suez

The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior has denied rumours that Chinese warships crossed the Suez Canal en route to Syria to deliver weapons. Chinese destroyer enters Mediterranean via Suez

According to the report of Iranian news agency Fars, 90,000 soldiers from the four countries will take part in the large-scale maritime war games, which will be held off the Syrian coastline.
The military maneuvers will include naval and anti-aircraft forces, as well as 400 aircraft, 900 tanks, Iranian submarines, minesweepers, warships and Russian destroyers.
Indian Express
Russian warships heading near Syria to carry out drills

The voyage and naval manoeuvres seemed designed to convey a message that Russian leaders would protect their interests in Syria, Russia’s most important relationship in the Middle East, even as they restrict new shipments of weapons to President Bashar al-Assad’s government until the conflict subsides, as military export officials had announced on Monday.

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