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The U.S. military is keenly interested in an unusual joint military exercise by Russian and Chinese troops and will attempt to monitor it, a top Pentagon official said August 3.
About 10,000 troops from Russia and China are expected to take part in the August 18-25 exercise, which will begin in Vladivostok and move to the Yellow Sea and the Jiaodong peninsula, the Chinese Defense Ministry said August 2.
The ministry said the exercise was aimed at improving trust and coordination between the Chinese and Russian militaries so they can better handle crises and “meet new challenges and threats.”
The U.S. Pacific Command will attempt to monitor the exercises, said Brigadier General Carter Ham of the U.S. Joint Staff.
”Clearly, there’s interest in anything that affects the security in the Pacific regions,” Ham said. “So PACOM (Pacific Command) is keenly interested in that and will monitor that to the extent possible.”
Russia and China hope to sign a massive arms deal after staging joint exercises for the first time[/b
RUSSIA will show off its most modern bombers to its best military customer and China will have a chance to demonstrate that it is a force to be reckoned with when the giant neighbours hold their first joint military exercises this month.
Yesterday’s announcement that 100,000 troops would mass from August 18 to 25 marked the culmination of years of rapprochement between countries
History has enabled them to leave behind old enmities. Shi Yinhong, Professor of the School of International Studies at Renmin University, Beijing, said: “China needs to buy Russian military equipment and resources. For Russia, China is an important market and a source of hard currency.”
Russian paratroops will jump on to the peninsula, while Russian ships will engage in amphibious landing exercises.
Air force exercises involving Sukhoi Su27 fighter aircraft and Tupolev TU95MSs and TU22M-3s will round out the drills, with long-distance bombing runs and cruise missile attacks. The exercises could also involve China’s nuclear submarine fleet and antisubmarine warfare capability.
Russia’s TU160, TU95MS and TU22M3 strategic bombers and the improved Su27SM fighters will scream through the skies. It is not only their high-tech cockpits that Russia wants to show off. China may want to update its fleet of old, lumbering bombers with TU22M3s and TU95s capable of carrying long-haul nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. Russian nerves tingled when the European Union considered lifting its arms embargo on China earlier this year and since then Moscow has shown an interest in offering higher-technology arms to its top buyer.
The war games will involve a Russian airlift of an airborne unit to the training location by Il76 transport aircraft, launching a cruise missile to an imaginary target with TU22M3 medium-range bombers and bombing ground units with Su27SM fighters.
The two governments have invited observers from other governments in the six-nation Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, a security group led by Beijing and Moscow. The group, meant to combat separatism and Islamic extremism in Central Asia, includes Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
The show of strength is enough to shake China’s neighbours, but may not go too far in tipping the balance of power in the Pacific. So China is relying on diplomacy as well to boost its influence, quietly eroding the pre-eminence of the United States in the process. Li Zhaoxing, the Chinese Foreign Minister, has had a helping hand recently from Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State. She stayed away last week from an annual strategic forum involving the US, Japan and China in a meeting of South-East Asian nations. That left the stage to Mr Li, who dropped in to show Asia that China cared. The unspoken message was that Washington had seen fit to send only less-senior officials.
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Originally posted by WestPoint23
What exactly are they rehearsing or excising with 10,000 troops?
China praised its first joint military exercises with Russia on Friday for lifting relations to an all-time high and opening room for further cooperation.
Eight days of drills involving more than 10,000 troops from the former Cold War foes’ armies, navies and air forces concluded on Thursday with a practice air and ground assault in China’s eastern Shandong province. The last event on the schedule was an outside “family-style lunch” of noodles, braised eggplant and fried fish washed down with beer as tank engines roared in the background, Xinhua news agency said.
“Through the exercises, the two armed forces... improved their capabilities to meet new challenges and threats and to fight international terrorism, extremism and separatism,” Xinhua quoted Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan as saying. “China and Russia have reached an unprecedented height in their strategic partnership,” it said in a commentary.
Taiwan sent a spy plane to Japan's Okinawa island last week to monitor China and Russia's joint military exercises, a newspaper said Monday.
The reconnaissance plane, converted from a C-130 HE military transport jet, flew to a US military base on the Okinawa island. It monitored the drill from the Yellow Sea and was able to intercept the electronic communications of the drill, the United Daily News said.
"This is the first time a Taiwan warplane has landed on Japanese soil and on a US military base in Okinawa since the US cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan to recognise China in 1979," the paper said.
China claimed the drill was aimed at improving Chinese and Russian military coordination, but Taipei believes it was to warn Taiwan against seeking independence.