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In Siberia, more than 3,000 Chinese troops joined Russian soldiers for the country’s biggest military drills since the Soviet era.
China and Russia regularly cooperate in bilateral exercises. But this is the first time that Moscow has integrated Chinese forces into its annual strategic exercises typically reserved for Russia’s closest allies: drones, paratroopers, artillery and warplanes deployed in mock battles.
This year’s Vostok (“east”) drills have been billed by the Russian military as the biggest since 1981, involving about 300,000 Russian service members, more than 1,000 aircraft, 36,000 tanks and scores of ships over the next week.
The addition of the Chinese units underscores a potentially major shift:
Two countries that had long considered each other potential military
adversaries are now partners in confronting the United States.
“Both countries are trying to signal: If the United States pushes too
far, we are going to move closer to each other,” said Alexander Gabuev,
chairman of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie
Moscow Center think tank.
Washington is fighting a trade war with China and imposing mounting sanctions on Russia. The Trump administration has reoriented
the U.S. national security strategy toward “great power competition”
with Russia and China, describing both countries as seeking to “shape a
world antithetical to U.S. values and interests.”
So watch everyone get in a frenzy, but keep in mind neither of these countries are our friends even though Trump loves Putin and wants a good deal with China what it boils down too is lack of cold hard cash that both countries want back. They show their strength of their war toys and I can't help but to think if their show is more than just a game, but instead practice on the field.