C624N0082H_2014資料照片_N71_copy1China’s decision to conduct joint naval drills with Russia in the Mediterranean next year has deep strategic meaning, says Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet. Russian defense minister Sergey Shoygu announced the joint exercise on Nov. 18 during his visit to Beijing this week. It is no surprise that Russia intends to increase its presence in the region, given that the Russian navy declared last May that it was building a sub fleet in the Mediterranean, with the goal of restoring the country’s Mediterranean Fleet by 2015. More