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China Joining Russiα Military Exercise to Help Address ‘Security Threats’

China is sending troops to Russiα as part of strategic military exercises for the first time since 2018 as representatives from both nations say the event will be “business as usual” amidst the ωαɾ in Ukrαine.

The Vostok (East) exercises will take place from August 30 to September 5 in the eastern portion of Russia, though ignoring the ongoing “special military operation” in Ukrαine may prove difficult considering Russian munitions and soldiers are sent home to the ωαɾ games. The exercises will reportedly go forward without interruption and include all necessary personnel, ωεɑρσռs and equipment, Reuters reported.

The Chinese military first attended Vostok in 2018, where an estimated 300,000 troops participated in the district that includes a portion of Siberia and has headquarters in Khabarovsk close to the Chinese border.

Mathieu Boulegue, a military specialist at London’s Chatham House think tank, told Reuters that the event should be “interesting” considering the troops and gear “already deployed, rotated, lost and кιℓℓed in Ukrαine  since February.”

China Defense Ministry officials in a statement said the exercises “are in no way related to the current international and regional situation,” Russian news agency TASS reported. Officials said the intent is for “friendly cooperation among the armed forces of all countries” in addition to “strengthening the ability to respond to various security threats.”

China’s live-fire military exercises around Taiwan earlier this month were branded “threatening” and “escalatory” in a joint statement by G7 foreign ministers. The four days of exercises followed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to the island that sparked Beijing’s fury.

Dave Johnson of the NATO Review wrote following the 2018 Vostok games that the exercises were initially developed by the Russian Armed Forces in 2009 and are one of four annual strategic exercises conducted by four of Russia’s five military districts.