Russia, China to practice fighting foreign war together

MOSCOW -- Russia and China will hold an unprecedented joint military exercise later this month, using long-range bombers and submarines to settle an imaginary conflict in a foreign land, a top Russian general said Tuesday. The Aug. 18-25 maneuvers, to be held on China's Shandong peninsula, highlight budding military ties between Moscow and Beijing, whose relations have warmed after decades of Cold War-era rivalry. The Chinese Defense Ministry said Tuesday the exercises were meant to ''strengthen the capability of the two armed forces in jointly striking international terrorism, extremism and separatism.''