Communist China and Russia to Hold Naval Exercises with South Africa in February

The South African military reportedly confirmed that they will join the Russian and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s navies in “a multinational maritime exercise” off South Africa’s east coast near the cities of Durban and Richards Bay from February 17 to 27. More than 350 members of South Africa’s military will participate in the exercise. They will perform tasks together, such as search, rescue, air defense, and fire drills. This will be the second time for the three navies to hold such an exercise. The exercise will take place around the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. South Africa said it took a neutral stance over Ukraine since the start of the war. Experts have warned that Russia’s military influence in Africa has grown since it invaded Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The Biden administration recognizes the importance of strengthening relations with South Africa after the CCP has spent decades expanding its influence in the continent. Improving the relations with South Africa is crucial to limiting Russian and the CCP’s influence.

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