Chinese soldiers are taking part in military exercises that Russia launched on Thursday.
Russia on Thursday launched large-scale military maneuvers involving several allied countries, including China, in a sign of the growing rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing amid tensions with the United States.
These exercises, dubbed Vostok-2022 (Orient-2022), are due to take place until September 7 in the Russian Far East and come as Moscow has been waging a massive offensive against Ukraine since February.
China, for its part, has been in a diplomatic crisis with the United States since the visit to Taiwan last month by the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.< /p>
The Vostok-2022 drills kicked off on Thursday morning with combat aircraft maneuvers, anti-aircraft unit moves and mine clearance simulations in the Sea of Japan, the Russian Defense Ministry said. /p>
Combat aviation crews will need to train to intercept air targets […] and conduct air strikes on ground targets, the ministry said in a statement.
He published photos and videos showing military aircraft taking off and flying in formation, as well as Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft vehicles maneuvering.
According to Moscow , more than 50,000 soldiers, more than 5,000 pieces of arms and military equipment, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships and support ships will be mobilized during these exercises.
Soldiers from several countries bordering or allied with Russia, such as Belarus, Syria, India, but especially China, are taking part.
Washington regularly worries about the rapprochement between China and Russia, who enjoy close defense ties, believing that it endangers global security.
Confirming mi -August its participation in the exercises, China had claimed that its presence was completely unrelated to the current situation at the regional and international level. national.