The Ministry of National Defense of China said their army would soon join Russian drills. India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and other countries also participate.

The Ministry posted yesterday, August 17, that the People’s Liberation Army would take part in the “Dongfang-2022” military exercise. It added that the purpose of the maneuvers is an annual collaboration agreement with Russia. And it has nothing to do with the current international and regional situation.

Last month, Moscow declared to hold “Vostok” (East) exercises from August 30 to September 5. It revealed that certain foreign forces would be present without naming them.

According to Reuters, Beijing and Moscow have grown increasingly close.

Last year, the two countries held joint military exercises on the north-central mainland with more than 10,000 troops. Russia and China also conducted joint naval drills in the Sea of Japan in October. 

Just before Russia invaded Ukraine, Beijing and Moscow announced a “no limits” alliance.

China and India are two major economies that do not impose sanctions on Russia, even increasing their purchases of cheap oil from this country, despite pressure from the West over the conflict in Ukraine. Beijing has called on the parties to the conflict in Ukraine to negotiate peace but has not criticized Moscow.

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