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1st ASEAN-Russia navy drills send messages on AUKUS, China

Analysts see shared unease over Australian nuclear subs, Beijing's moves

Russia's Admiral Panteleyev warship is seen docked in the Philippines in 2017: The vessel is taking part in the first ASEAN-Russia naval drills this week.   © AP

MOSCOW -- Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations launched their first-ever joint naval exercise on Wednesday, marking a new security twist in a region roiled by territorial disputes with China and the emergence of the U.S.-led AUKUS alliance.

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