Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Vostok War Games 2018 - how anxious should the West be?

Vostok War Games 2018 - how anxious should the West be?

China and Russian Federation have staged joint drills before, but not on such a large scale and the Vostok-2018 (East-2018) exercise signals closer military ties, as well as sending an unspoken reminder to Beijing that Moscow is able and ready to defend its sparsely populated far east.

The war games demonstrate "Russia's focus on exercising large-scale conflict", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman Dylan White said in late August, stating that the Western alliance had been briefed about Vostok-2018 and would monitor it.

The Russian defence ministry released video footage that showed the movement of nearly 3,00,000 soldiers, 3,600 military vehicles, 80 ships, and 1000 aircraft besides helicopters and drones.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping were involved in talks at an economic forum in Vladivostok in Russia's far east yesterday.

Some noted the People's Liberation Army, which hasn't fought a war since the attempted invasion of Vietnam in 1979, is keen to learn from Russia's experience in the Syrian campaign, where it tested its latest weapons and tactics.

In recent months the United States has imposed more sanctions over alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections and the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain.

According to Felgenhauer, China's participation - although modest with only 3,200 men - will be a key factor at the drills.

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The display of strength from Russian Federation comes at a time when relations between Moscow and the West are at a considerable low.

She added: "China has growing military capabilities and is playing an increasingly significant global role".

Relations between the West and Russia sharply deteriorated after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and a pro-Russian rebellion broke out in eastern Ukraine.

Part of Russia's response has been to increase the number of large-scale military exercises across the globe in an apparent bid to project power and ward off perceived Western aggression.

Putin is preparing his military for "warfare on a huge scale" to satisfy "delusions" that Russian Federation can defeat Western nations in a global conflict, according to an expert on his armed forces.

The Vostok exercise highlights two important, seemingly contradictory things about the relationship between China and Russian Federation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the drills were compulsory to safeguard itself amid the present worldwide condition which is quite belligerent and antagonistic.

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