The ‘First Joint Strategic Exercise’ brings Russian military and Chinese troops together for the first time in history.
RUSSIAN troops have landed in China, ahead of the two countries’ first major military training next week.
The exercises are claimed to be aimed at ensuring regional security and stability, as well as maintaining Beijing-Moscow relations.
The drills will take place from August 9 to 13, and will last for five days.
General Liu Xiaowu, a Lieutenant in the People’s Liberation Army and the senior officer of the Chinese forces participating in the maneuvers next week, presented their arriving allies with a flower arrangement.
Mr Liu “remarked that in the light of the significant changes and epidemics, this is the first cooperative strategic exercise participated by Russian troops in China,” according to a Chinese Defense Ministry statement.
According to reports, 10,000 troops will participate in the military drills, which will include a variety of weaponry and equipment.
Troops from both countries will train with a variety of aircraft, artillery pieces, and armored vehicles during the ‘Zapad/Interaction-2021′ exercises.
The People’s Liberation Army staged a welcoming ceremony for Russian servicemen earlier this week.
According to Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, the drills are aimed at increasing regional security and stability as well as “enhancing the forces’ joint anti-terrorism skills.”
The troops will travel next week for the military drills at the Qingtongxia Joint Tactical Training Base in Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The drills take place as tensions in the South China Sea rise, with numerous Western allies demonstrating their presence in the disputed waters.
On Monday, a German warship was despatched for a six-month Indo-Pacific mission that will take it through the contentious waters.
By going over Chinese-claimed territory, Germany’s Defense Minister stated they are “standing up for our values and interests.”
The majority of the 1.3 million square mile South China Sea is claimed by China, and this will be the first German warship to transit the area since 2002.
The United Kingdom is also in the area, and HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group have been dispatched to the disputed territory.
The aircraft carrier moved into the South China Sea to assist US ships with navigational operations.
The UK defence secretary, Ben Wallace, told the Times, “It’s no secret that China shadows and challenges ships passing international waters on quite legitimate routes.”
“We will respect China, and we hope that China will respect us.”