Beijing supports its Russian ally against the United States

Chinese servicemen take part in an opening ceremony of the “Vostok 2022” military exercises on August 31, 2022. RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY/via REUTERS

DECRYPTION – China’s increased participation in the Russian military exercise “Vostok” increases pressure on Japan and South Korea, American allies, in Northeast Asia.

Correspondent in Asia

The “partnership without limitswoven by Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin extends to the far reaches of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. The Chinese army participates in force in the Russian military exercise “Vostok”, increasing the pressure on Japan and South Korea, allies of the United States, in Northeast Asia. For the first time, the three components – land, air and sea – of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are taking part in this “war game” piloted by Moscow, the scale of which has been significantly reduced due to the Russian engagement in Ukraine. 2,000 Chinese soldiers as well as 300 vehicles and around twenty planes and helicopters have been sent to the Russian Great East. A flotilla of PLA ships, including the latest generation destroyer nanchang type 055 crossed the Tsushima Strait en route to the Sea of ​​Japan, detected Tokyo, which is carefully scrutinizing these maneuvers.

This increased participation contributes to the rapprochement…

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