China and Russia are to hold joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean and work towards a stronger military alliance, the Russian Defence Minister has said.

On a visit to Beijing, Sergei Shoigu spoke of “concern with the attempts to reinforce its military political influence in the Asia-Pacific region,” local media reported.

“Our co-operation in the military spheres has great potential and the Russian side is ready to develop it across the broadest possible spectrum of areas. We see the formation of a collective regional-security system as the primary objective of our joint efforts,” he added. […]