China to send troops to Russia for week-long joint military exercises | China

Chinese troops will travel to Russia to participate in host-led joint military exercises including India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other countries, the Chinese Defense Ministry said.

China’s participation in the joint drills was “unrelated to the current international and regional situation”, the ministry said.

In July, Moscow announced its intention to hold “Vostok” (eastern) exercises from August 30 to September 5, even as it fights a costly war in Ukraine. He said at the time that some foreign forces would participate, without naming them.

China’s Defense Ministry said its participation in the drills is part of an annual bilateral cooperation agreement with Russia.

“The aim is to deepen practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries, improve the level of strategic collaboration between the participating parties and strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats.”

Under Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, Beijing and Moscow have become increasingly close.

A year ago this month, Russia and China held joint military exercises in north-central China involving more than 10,000 troops. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu hailed the Sibu/Cooperation-2021 drills in Chinese Ningxia and suggested they could be further developed.

In October, Russia and China held joint naval exercises in the Sea of ​​Japan. A few days later, Russian and Chinese warships staged their first joint patrols in the Western Pacific.

The following month, South Korea’s military said it had dispatched fighter jets after two Chinese and seven Russian fighter jets entered its air defense identification zone during what Beijing called regular training.

Shortly before Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Beijing and Moscow announced a “limitless” partnership, although US officials say they have not seen China evade US sanctions on Russia or him. provide military equipment.

The Eastern Military District of Russia includes part of Siberia and has its headquarters in Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border.

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