Yesterday, China’s defense ministry announced that naval forces from China, Russia and Iran would conduct joint naval drills in the Gulf of Oman.
The defense ministry stated that the security exercises, called “Security Bond 2023,” would also involve other countries. While the statement did not provide any more details or specify which countries, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Pakistan also border the Gulf of Oman. Earlier today, Iranian state television reported that observers from Kazakhstan and Pakistan would be present.
“Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.” Ezekiel 38:5-6
The multinational exercise “will help deepen practical cooperation between the participating countries’ navies,” the Chinese ministry said.
While the exercises come at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East, the countries held a similar drill last year, and in 2019.
China has been seeking to increase its influence in the face of perceived U.S. weakness in the Middle East and other areas.
Beijing is attributed with recently facilitating restored diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran following years of tensions.
While the U.S. has been highly critical of Russia and has levied multiple sanctions against it following its invasion of Ukraine last year, China has refused to criticize Russia and has maintained economic ties with the country.
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