Russia-China military exercises to become regular, defense minister says
Joint military exercises by Russia and China will be held regularly, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday, according to Tass news agency.
Shoigu and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe have inspected the Russian and Chinese command centers at the Tsugol proving ground as the largest military exercise between the two countries was underway.
After the inspection Fenghe stressed the importance of Russian-Chinese military cooperation at the tactical and strategic levels. The Chinese military-political leadership will be paying unflagging attention to this, he promised.
“We’ve agreed to conduct such exercises regularly,” Shoigu said.
Russia on September 11-17 is conducting a large-scale exercise codenamed Vostok-2018 in Russia’s Far East, nearby seas and the adjoining areas of the Pacific Ocean. Taking part in the exercise are about 300,000 men, more than once thousand planes, helicopters and drones, up to 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers and other vehicles, and up to 80 ships.