GUANGZHOU, China, Naval forces from China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), on Saturday concluded a joint maritime drill, in the city of Zhanjiang, south China's Guangdong Province.

Eight naval vessels, five observers and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers, from China and ASEAN countries joined the drill.

The drill was divided into three parts, including activities at port and on shore, maritime military exercises, and a conclusion.

Wang Hai, navy commander of the Southern Theatre Command, of the People's Liberation Army, said, the drill has demonstrated a new level of strategic collaboration, between China and ASEAN countries, built a new platform for navies, to better communicate, and laid a solid foundation for future cooperation.

China has strengthened maritime rescue cooperation with ASEAN members, in recent years.

Last Nov, a joint rescue drill was held near Guangdong.

Source: NAM News Network