China, Russia and Iran to Hold Joint Naval Drills

China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills starting Friday in the Gulf of Oman, Beijing and Tehran said, at a time of heightened tensions since the U.S. withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.

Set to take place from December 27 to 30, the military exercises aim to “deepen exchange and cooperation between the navies of the three countries,” Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian told reporters Thursday.

Wu said the Chinese navy would deploy its Xining guided missile destroyer – nicknamed the “carrier killer” for its array of anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles – in the drills.

And China is poised to buy a boatload of the latest Russian Su-35 fighters. If those 3 countries form a tight axis and let North Korea into the alliance, which I would expect, we’ll be facing interesting times.