China to send troops to Russia for ‘Vostok’ exercise


Members of China’s team operate with their Type 96A tank during the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games 2022 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

China is one of Russia’s biggest defense spending clients
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will participate in military drills with Russian armed forces in Russia’s far east, the Chinese ministry of defense announced on Wednesday.
The PLA will soon allocate and dispatch a portion of the Troops to Russia to participate in the Vostok-2022 exercises, the Chinese defense ministry said in a statement. “According to the annual plan of cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries and the agreements of the parties.”
Due of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and potential Chinese action against Taiwan, the Vostok exercises are a chance for China and Russia to work together militarily.

 

The drills will involve “13 training grounds of the Eastern Military District, and they will also be attended by personnel of airborne forces, long-range and military transport aviation, as well as foreign military,” according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Since the 1990s, China has been a consistent buyer of Russian military hardware, accounting for 25–50% of all Russian military sales abroad. Russian accusations that China has stolen intellectual property in the past have occasionally strained relations between the two nations, but despite these disagreements, the two nations have grown closer and the joint military drills have persisted.

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