• By The Financial District

China, Russia Hold War Games In Region Bordering Xinjiang

China and Russia hold large-scale joint military drills in the Ningxia region bordering Xinjiang that feature 10,000 ground troops and air personnel and aim to improve close military ties between the two nations, which engaged in a brief war in the disputed Ussuri River in the 1960s.

Photo Insert: The Russian military conducts training in preparation for the military exercises with China.

In its August 10, 2021 report, Al Jazeera said both Moscow and Beijing have been sparring with Washington and its Western allies over a range of issues, including human rights and regional security concerns.

The Sibu/Cooperation-2021 exercises launched on Monday and will run until Friday. They will involve more than 10,000 ground troops and air forces. The Russian military said that it had sent Su-30SM fighter aircraft, motorized rifle units, and air defense systems to China as part of the exercise.

The drills mark the first time Russian soldiers are using Chinese weapons, with the pair having conducted joint exercises since 2005, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported.

Richard McGregor, a China expert at the Australia-based Lowy Institute think-tank, said the burgeoning relationship between Beijing and Moscow was more than a marriage of convenience.

All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

“That [phrase] underestimates the depth of their shared interests, and of course the biggest one is opposing the US and undermining the US and the West,” McGregor told Al Jazeera.

Government & politics: Politicians, government officials and delegates standing in front of their country flags in a political event in the financial district.

The Ningxia region borders Xinjiang, where China is accused of detaining more than one million Uighurs in internment camps. Critics, including the US, have said those held have been subjected to human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, forced labor, torture, forced sterilization, and family separation.

China has denied the allegations and claimed the camps are “re-education” centers set up to fight “separatism and terrorism” and boost economic development.


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