China, Russia to Engage in Joint Military Exercise

China plans to send troops to Russia for their first joint military exercise since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine, with both countries stressing that it merely serves as ”friendly cooperation,” Reuters reported Wednesday.

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, the two nations will conduct the movements in the far eastern portion of Russia, near the city of Vladivostok. The exercises, thousands of miles from the ongoing war in Ukraine, will include all necessary personnel, weapons and equipment.

Chinese officials said in a statement that the Vostok exercises ”are in no way related to the current international and regional situation” in Ukraine and Taiwan, according to the Russian News Agency TASS.

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