Russia and a number of Southeast Asian countries on Wednesday kicked off their first ever joint naval exercise along the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes, Indonesia’s navy said.The drills come at a time of growing tensions in the Pacific, particularly around the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety.All 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), took part in Wednesday’s drills.Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore,…

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