The major joint strategic exercises “Sibu/Interaction-2021” took place in the Ningxia Hui region of China. More than 10 thousand troops of the People’s Liberation Army of China the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were involved in the large0scale exercise.
More than 200 armored vehicles, 90 artillery pieces, more than 100 aircraft and helicopters were deployed in the Sibu/Interaction-2021.
The joint exercise was launched on August 9th. You can find more information here: LINK.
Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, flew to China to attend the drills and commented the high level of cooperation.
“We have achieved a high level of cooperation between our militaries on land, in the air and at sea,” Shoigu said during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, “Expanding it is an important part of our future activities.”
In his turn, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe claimed that the armed forces of China and Russia would strengthen their cooperation in order to protect peace and stability throughout the world.
“The world has been swept by a large-scale pandemic and is witnessing a lot of changes. In these conditions, the armies of China and the Russian Federation will strengthen strategic interaction and comprehensive pragmatic cooperation,” the Chinese Defense Ministry quoted Wei Fenghe as saying on the WeChat social network. “We will make another considerable contribution to maintaining peace and stability on our planet.”
Russia and China have held a number of joint military drills in recent years. For example, in December, their long-range bombers flew a joint patrol mission over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. However, the Sibu/Interaction-2021 marked the first time that Russian military took part in joint drills on the Chinese territory.
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