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Russia Draws Closer to China With Biggest War Games Since Soviet Era

Moscow is inching closer to its communist neighbor, coordinating military activities as the Kremlin's relations with western nations deteriorate.

By NTK Staff | 08.28.2018 @4:01pm
Russia Draws Closer to China With Biggest War Games Since Soviet Era

Russia and China will join together to conduct the countries’ largest war games since the Cold War on Russia’s Pacific coast, the Kremlin said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The military exercises will occur near Russia’s border with North Korea, China, and Mongolia, and Moscow invited over 3,000 Chinese troops to join their war games. The move threatens to resurrect the Cold War Moscow-Beijing axis, when the two communist powers worked to spread their ideology across the world.

The Journal speculated that the burgeoning alliance could be an anti-US pact in the face of an aggressive trade and economic policy from the Trump administration.

The exercises, involving 300,000 soldiers and 1,000 aircraft, will take place in Russia’s eastern military district that borders China, Mongolia and North Korea. They are the biggest in the region since the Soviet Union carried out strategic war games in 1981 in the west of the bloc, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Both Beijing and Moscow are eager to show the U.S. that tensions with Washington over trade and sanctions are pushing them closer together.

Despite their previously communist affiliations, military relations between the two countries hasn’t always been so cordial. Periods of tension between the communist powers sometimes eclipsed the enmity between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, and as the Journal points out, Russian and Chinese troops openly engaged in armed conflict on their shared border in 1969.

But the 21st century has brought new challenges to the old communist axis, and geopolitical conditions may push China and Russia to once again join together.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that the United States would resume previously suspended military exercises in the same theater with South Korea.

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