Chinese, Russian militaries hold drills in northwest China – News Vibe24

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    Beijing: Chinese and Russian military forces are taking part in joint exercises in northwest China as ties between the two authoritarian states grow amid uncertainty over instability in Afghanistan.
    The exercises with the participation of ground troops and air forces are expected to continue until Friday in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
    The region borders Xinjiang, where China has held more than 1 million Uighurs and members of other Muslim minorities in a campaign against terrorism and extremism.
    Xinjiang shares a narrow border with Afghanistan, and Beijing is worried about the violence that will spread to its borders if the Taliban take control of the country after the withdrawal of US troops.
    Although not part of a formal alliance, Russia and China have largely aligned their military and foreign policies with those of the United States and its allies.
    The official Xinhua news agency reported that the exercises began on Monday and were chaired by Li Zuocheng, a member of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission.
    The exercise aims to “deepen joint counterterrorism operations between Chinese and Russian troops and demonstrate the two countries’ determination and strength to jointly ensure international and regional security and stability,” Xinhua was quoted as saying by Chinese and Russian officials.
    “It reflects the new height of the overall China-Russia strategic partnership to coordinate a new era and the strategy of mutual trust, pragmatic exchanges and coordination between the two countries,” Xinhua said.

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