China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as they meet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

(From Reuters)

China and Russia will hold their first joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill, state media said on Thursday, after the United States and South Korea discussed an anti-missile defense system for the South to counter threats from North Korea.

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Beijing on April 28

The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers last week urged Washington and Seoul to drop the proposed deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, following North Korea’s fourth nuclear bomb on Jan. 6 and subsequent missile tests.

The tests violate U.N. resolutions against North Korea backed by Russia and China. U.S. and South Korean officials have expressed concern that the North could attempt a fifth nuclear test in a show of strength ahead of its Workers’ Party congress, which begins on Friday. Read More

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