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China and Russia start joint naval drills in the South China Sea on Monday. 

In a statement, the Chinese navy says the eight-day "Joint Sea-2016" exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines.

The two countries will carry out defense, rescue and anti-submarine operations, as well as "island seizing" and other activities.

It is the largest exercise ever taken together by the two countries' navies.

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