Russia’s Far East is Host to Joint Military Drills with China, India, and Other Countries
At the beginning of September, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Vostok-2022 joint war games in Russia’s Far East.
Among the most notable participants of these drills were China and India. Other nations participated in these exercises.
For its part, China had several thousands of troops participating in these military drills. According to a Press TV report, these drills are being conducted “on training grounds in the waters off Russia’s eastern coast.”
At these drills, former Soviet Union states in addition to
China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua, and Syria were in attendance.
Over 50,000 soldiers and north of 5,000 units of military equipment, which includes 140 aircraft and 60 ships, were used during these exercises. These drills will run until September 7, 2022. At these drills, 2,000 Chinese troops in addition to over 300 military vehicles, 21 combat aircraft, and three warships were used, per reports from Chinese media outlets.
During the drills, the Russian and Chinese navies carried out joint exercises in the Sea of Japan ostensibly to protect sea communication and provide aid for ground troops in coastal areas.
On September 6, the Russian Defense Ministry published a video of naval exercises, which showcased Russia’s Pacific Fleet launching Kalibr cruise missiles.
Last week, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Colonel Tan Kefei said that China ‘s involvement in Vostok-2022 has the aim of bolstering “cooperation between the militaries of the participating countries, enhance the level of strategic cooperation among all participating parties, and enhance the ability to jointly respond to various security threats.”
On top of that, India sent several members of its army to the exercises. India is Russia’s largest client for military equipment. Over the past five years, India has bought roughly $6.5 billion in arms from Russia.
As the West increasingly grows unstable, countries will turn to the Eurasian powers for defense and economic ties. The increase in joint military drills among the Eurasian powers are a sign that many countries are looking to the rising great powers such as China and Russia as viable alternatives to the increasingly dysfunctional Collective West.
Time will tell what the international order will look like in a decade or two.
One thing is certain: The era of unipolarity is over.