After the talks with the Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan on November 18, 2014, Sergei Shoigu pointed out that both sides noted that the scope of the joint activities in the military field "has been apparently expanded, and is featured by systematicness".
Sergei Shoigu said that the third "Maritime Joint" Russia-China naval exercise was successfully conducted in May this year, during which the naval forces of the two countries rehearsed the combat mission in teaching as the members of a mixed fleet for the first time.
"We plan to conduct joint naval exercise again in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea in the spring of next year.
We also plan to hold joint naval exercise in the areas of the Pacific Ocean," Sergei Shoigu continued. He added that the Chinese teams had outstanding performance in the Tank Biathlon World Championship and the "Aviation Dart 2014" International Competition in 2014.
"We have very big potential in military cooperation, and the Russian side is going to maximize such cooperation," he concluded.