China Joins Russia for Massive Wargame as Xi Meets with Putin reports: “Russia’s biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War is now underway, with a sizable contingent of elite Chinese and Mongolian troops participating.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on Tuesday for a bilateral summit on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum.

The five-day military exercise, held near Russia’s border with China, is scheduled to conclude on September 17. The event marks the first-time foreign troops from beyond the Soviet military alliance have been invited to participate in a major Russian drill. Xi’s attendance in Vladivostok was the first time a Chinese leader has participated in the Eastern Economic Forum.

Not only is the wargame intended to demonstrate the close relationship between China and Russia, but analysts told the Wall Street Journal it will give the rapidly modernizing Chinese military invaluable experience at operating on foreign soil…”

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