The Persian regime has said the maneuvers will take place by the end of March and are aimed at "regional security". It has not yet been confirmed where the exercises will take place. The new Axis is also equipped with military power, capable of counterbalancing, in the disputed areas, in the naval, land and air fields, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Beijing-Moscow-Tehran axis is gigantic in demographic terms, with a total population of 1.5 billion. Huge, from a geographical point of view, with 29 million square kilometers and an economy that together represents over 20% of the world's GDP.
China will hold joint naval exercises with Iran and Russia in the coming weeks, amid tensions in the Middle East over the war between Israel and Hamas and attacks by Tehran-backed Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.
Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, commander of the Iranian navy, said the drills would be held by the end of March and aimed at "regional security", according to Iranian and Russian media.
According to the Iranian Tasnim agency, which called the maneuvers "war games", Irani said other countries had been invited to participate in the exercise.
Reports don't indicate where the exercises will take place, but the three countries' navies carried out trilateral military training in the Gulf of Oman in March last year.
Last December, it was the news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran that reported for the first time the news of a joint exercise with Russia and China, but at the time Irani had not specified the relevant period.
The Iranian commander then said that Pakistan, Brazil, Oman, India and South Africa were among the countries invited as observers.
It should be noted, however, that neither China nor Russia have made official announcements on the possible joint exercise.
The moves would come at a time of tension in the Middle East, with the US-led coalition launching a third round of attacks on Houthi rebel targets in Yemen on Saturday.
China has not formally condemned the Houthis, but according to Reuters, Chinese officials have asked their Iranian counterparts to help them curb attacks on ships in the Red Sea carried out by the Ansar Allah movement.
The three countries have strengthened their relations as an axis of opposition to the West.
Over the past two years, China, Russia and Iran have conducted similar exercises in the same area, including artillery firing exercises against naval targets, joint tactical maneuvers and high-seas search and rescue missions.
On the occasion of the 2023 exercises, China's Ministry of Defense noted that the maneuvers demonstrated "the willingness and ability to jointly maintain maritime security and actively build a community for a shared future at sea, as well as inject positive energy into peace and stability in the region."
China sent its South Sea Fleet warship, the Nanning, for the exercises.
The Iranian light frigate Jamaran and the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshko, armed with hypersonic missiles, also participated in the exercise.
In February 2021 the three fleets deployed their war strength in the Indian Ocean and at the end of 2019 in the Gulf of Oman. In the maneuvers of two years ago, Iranian state television celebrated the "new triangle of maritime power".
The Beijing-Moscow-Tehran axis is gigantic in demographic terms, with a total population of 1.5 billion. Huge, from a geographical point of view, with 29 million square kilometers and an economy that together represents over 20% of the world's GDP.
Furthermore, China and Russia are also part of the exclusive nuclear club and are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, with respective veto rights.
The new Axis is also equipped with military power, capable of counterbalancing, in the disputed areas, in the naval, land and air fields, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Before the war in Ukraine, the Sino-Russian-Iranian Triple Alliance was strengthened by the civil war in Syria. The three countries, in fact, have exerted joint pressure on various fronts to prevent Western powers and their Middle Eastern partners from overthrowing the Assad regime. In this way, they have established a military operating base near Iran, southern Russia and western China.
This Axis also shows its military strength in the Indian Ocean.
Iran also provides military assistance to Russia in its invasion of Ukraine by providing suicide drones, while Beijing keeps Moscow financially alive.