Chinese troops will travel to Russia to participate in joint military exercises led by the host country that also include India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other countries, the Defense Ministry said. China this Wednesday (17).
China’s participation in the joint exercises “is unrelated to the current international and regional situation,” the ministry said in a statement.
Last month, Moscow announced plans to hold exercises in “Vostok” from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, even as it wages a costly war in Ukraine. He also said at the time that some foreign forces would participate, without naming them.
The last exercises of this type took place in 2018, when the China participated for the first time.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense said its participation in the exercises is part of an ongoing bilateral annual cooperation agreement with Russia.
“The aim is to deepen practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of participating countries, increase the level of strategic collaboration between participating parties, and strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats,” the statement said.
Under Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Beijing and Moscow have grown ever closer.
Shortly before Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Beijing and Moscow announced a “no limits” partnership. Russia’s eastern military district includes part of Siberia and has its headquarters in Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border.
Source: CNN Brasil