BEIJING, August 26. /TASS/. China and Russia's military cooperation will contribute to peace and stability in the region, deterrence buildups against external forces with evil intents and the fight against hegemony and power politics, Chinese military expert and TV commentator Song Zhongping told the Global Times on Thursday. He was commenting on the Vostok-2022 drills involving contingents from both countries.
"China and Russia will learn from each other, as both militaries have their own advantages," Song said.
He stressed that China’s participation in joint exercises with Russia "reflects the continued deepening of China-Russia military cooperation."
Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson at China's Ministry of National Defense, said at a regular press conference on Thursday the People’s Liberation Army had dispatched some of its troops to Russia to take part in the Vostok-2022 exercise.
Chinese ground and air forces have arrived at designated positions and the Chinese naval forces carried out communications exercises after having rendezvoused with Russian warships at sea, Tan announced.
The strategic command and staff exercise will be held from August 30 to September 5 under the command of the Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ General Staff Valery Gerasimov at 13 training grounds of the Eastern Military District. The other participants in the Vostok-2022 drills are Belarus, India, Mongolia and Tajikistan.