China sending troops to Russia in escalation of ‘no limits’ deal after Ukraine war stalls
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Putin has courted a closer relationship with China in recent years, declaring a « no limits » friendship between Beijing and Moscow shortly before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In a joint statement, the two countries said: « Friendship between the two States has no limits, there are no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation. »
In the latest move highlighting the partnership between the two countries, Moscow will hold military drills near the borders with China and North Korea.
The drills are expected to last from August 30 until September 5.
China will send its own forces to the Russian far eastern regions to participate in the drills, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Other participating countries include India, Belarus, Mongolia, and Tajikistan.
The drills are expected to last from August 30 until September 5 (Image: GETTY)
China will send its own forces to the Russian far eastern regions to participate in the drills (Image: Getty)
The Chinese Foreign Ministry added: « The aim is to deepen practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of participating countries, enhance the level of strategic collaboration among the participating parties, and strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats. »
The drills will be the second time this year Beijing and Moscow look to flex their joint military muscles in the region.
Back in May, Russian and Chinese aircraft completed 13-hour drills in close proximity to Japanese and South Korean airspace.
At the time, US President Joe Biden was visiting Tokyo, and the countries scrambled their own jets in response.
The drills will be the second time this year Beijing and Moscow hold joint drills (Image: Reuters)
Most of the international community adheres to the One China policy (Image: Getty)
Last year, China held joint military exercises with Russia with more than 10,000 troops.
The two countries then participated in joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan, before launching joint drills in the Pacific.
Beijing has said its participation in the new Vostok drills is « unrelated to the current international and regional situation ».
Earlier this month, tensions in the region skyrocketed over a visit from US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
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Russia came out strongly in Beijing’s corner following Ms Pelosi’s visit (Image: Getty)
Beijing was strongly against Washington going ahead with the visit to Taiwan, warning the US would « pay the price » for the gesture to Taipei.
The US, and the vast majority of the international community, adhere to the One China policy promoted by Beijing.
Beijing considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province of the mainland, to be reunited under its central control.
But Taipei established its own, democratically-elected government on the island following the end of the 1949 civil war.
Russia came out strongly in Beijing’s corner following Ms Pelosi’s visit, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calling the trip « lawless ».
He added that Moscow believed the visit showed an « ambition to prove to everyone their impunity and to show their entitlement ».
He added: « I see no other reason to create such an annoyance almost out of the blue, knowing very well what it means for the People’s Republic of China. »