China sends troops to Russia for maneuvers with other countries – the world

Chinese troops will travel to Russia for a round of joint exercises with Russia and other countries including India, Belarus and Tajikistan. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Beijing, specifying that the Chinese presence “is not related to the current international and regional situation”. The military operations are part of a collaboration agreement with “the aim of deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of participating countries, improving the level of strategic collaboration between the parties and strengthening the response capacity to various security threats” , reads a note.
The announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Defense came after days of growing tensions between Beijing and the US due to the visit made to Taiwan earlier this month by the speaker of the American House Nancy Pelosi. The Communist leadership reacted with anger to the move considered an assist to the independence forces of Taipei, considered an “inalienable” part of China to be reunified even by force, if necessary. For a week, the People’s Liberation Army organized unprecedented maneuvers around the island, testing an air-naval blockade and also launching ballistic missiles. Currently, “patrol and combat readiness missions” are underway. In July, Russia announced its intention to hold the ‘Vostok’ (East) military exercises from 30 August to 5 September, despite the onerous ongoing war against Ukraine, also anticipating the general participation of foreign forces. Russia’s Eastern Military District, which is in charge of the maneuvers, includes part of Siberia and has its headquarters in Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border. The latest maneuvers of this kind took place in 2018, when the People’s Liberation Army took part for the first time, as part of an annual bilateral cooperation agreement with Moscow that is fully operational. With Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Beijing and Moscow have increasingly strengthened bilateral ties in various sectors, including in the military field. Xi and Putin announced in Beijing on February 4, at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the “unlimited” partnership, a few weeks before Moscow – on February 24 – began its “special military mission” in Ukraine.

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