China, Russia navies to hold drills in South China Sea

China and Russia will hold "routine" naval drills in the South China Sea in September, China's defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a news conference on Thursday.
The drills come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in the Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there. China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case.