See More on Facebook

News

Beijing, Moscow vow to reinforce military relations

The two nations will continue their military cooperation and explore new possible ways to boost their combat abilities.


Written by

Updated: September 14, 2018

China and Russia vowed to further deepen military ties and improve their troops’ combat abilities to respond to various security threats, as they formally concluded the “Vostok-2018” strategic drills with a military parade on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe inspected the troops at the Tsugol training range in Russia’s Trans-Baikal region, where the exercise was held.

Wei said the drills reflect China and Russia’s confidence and determination to jointly safeguard regional peace and security, and the exercise enhances the two militaries’ ability to respond to multiple security threats.

The two sides should further strengthen their strategic cooperation and continuously promote the development of their military relations, Wei added.

Putin said in his opening speech before the parade that Russia will continue to enhance international military cooperation with other countries and strengthen its armed forces to counter different security threats.

He praised Russian and Chinese troops who participated in high-level drills in which they demonstrated their capability to counter potential military threats.

In the parade, the Russian army rolled out many of its latest and mightiest pieces of military hardware, including Iskander missiles, T-80 and T-90 tanks, and Su-34 and Su-35 fighter jets.

The People’s Liberation Army displayed its Type-99 main battle tank, ZBD-08 infantry fighting vehicle, WZ-9 and WZ-19 attack helicopters, Mi-171 helicopters and the JH-7A fighter-bomber.

The drills, which began on Tuesday, were the largest of their kind in modern Russia’s history and involved nearly 300,000 Russian troops.

China dispatched 3,200 soldiers, along with over 1,000 pieces of weaponry and 30 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to participate.

Shao Yuanming, vice-chief of staff at the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission and Chinese chief commander at the drills, said the two militaries deepened their friendship, improved mutual trust and fostered cooperation. The exercises also enhanced the ability of both armies to respond to various regional security threats, he said.

The two nations will continue their military cooperation and explore new possible ways to boost their combat abilities, he said.

During three days of strategic drills, the troops simulated a classic anti-invasion campaign at the training range in eastern Siberia.

Beijing said the drills were not aimed at any third party.

Chinese troops’ participation was reported to be their first large-scale overseas military activity since PLA military reforms started in 2016. It also marked the largest military event since Moscow’s “New Look” army reform started in 2008.

The two militaries formed a joint operational command system during the drills. Li Weiya, a commander at the Chinese operational command headquarters, said the event has historical significance because it fully demonstrated the new cooperative form and level of the two armies.

He said China’s participation shows Moscow and Beijing are now cooperating in all areas.



Enjoyed this story? Share it.


China Daily
About the Author: China Daily covers domestic and world news through nine print editions and digital media worldwide.

Eastern Briefings

All you need to know about Asia


Our Eastern Briefings Newsletter presents curated stories from 22 Asian newspapers from South, Southeast and Northeast Asia.

Sign up and stay updated with the latest news.



By providing us with your email address, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

View Today's Newsletter Here

News

Dozens die in suspected arson at animation studio in Kyoto

The perpetrator has been arrested. More than two dozen people died when a fire, possibly caused by arson, broke out at a studio managed by animation production company Kyoto Animation Co. in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, on Thursday morning. The Kyoto city fire department initially confirmed that one person had died, but dozens were later found in cardiac arrest inside the three-story building. The Kyoto Prefectural Police later confirmed that 25 people had died. According to the fire department, a nearby resident made an emergency call at about 10:35 a.m., saying they had heard the sound of an explosion. Officials of the prefectural police rushed to the studio and found a man, 41, on a road near the studio. The man told them, “I sprinkled liquid on the first floor and set it on fire.”


By The Japan News
July 19, 2019

News

ANN Network editor wins press freedom award

Committee to Protect Journalists honours Editor Dawn Zaffar Abbas with press freedom award. Editor Dawn Zaffar Abbas has been awarded the 2019 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom”, the body announced on Tuesday. CPJ’s Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, previously known as the Burton Benjami Memorial Award, was renamed in 2017 to honour a veteran journalist and former board member who died in 2016. “The award is presented annually to an individual who has shown extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom,” notes the CPJ website. Notable past recipients of the award include


By Dawn
July 17, 2019

News

Star Media Group have new CEO

Andreas Vogiatzakis is ANN partner Star Media Group’s new CEO. Seasoned ad man Andreas Vogiatzakis (pic) has been appointed the new Star Media Group Bhd CEO, and will assume the role starting Aug 13. The 53-year-old was the former CEO of Havas Media Group Malay­sia, a position he held from August 2016 until his resignation last month. Andreas was tasked to build and run the media operations for the Havas/Vivendi network. He grew Havas into a top-tier media agency in Malaysia, winning the most prestigious industry accolade – Campaign’s Gold Agency of the Year – in 2017 and was himself shortlisted for the Agency Head of the Year Award for South-East Asia. Star Media Group (SMG) chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said the group’s board is confident that Andreas ’ past performance record and vast local and regional experience in the media industry would enable him to lead the managemen


By The Star
July 5, 2019

News

Pakistan refutes BBC story on rights abuses

BBC story on ‘Pakistan’s secret human rights abuses’ a pack of lies: ISPR. The military’s media wing on Monday issued a strongly worded response to a BBC story that documented alleged human rights abuses in the tribal areas of former Fata, and termed the report a “pack of lies”. The BBC story published on June 2, titled Uncovering Pakistan’s secret human rights abuses, looks into Pakistan’s long battle with militants as part of the post-9/11 “war on terror” and carries the accounts of locals as well as the top leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), Manzoor Pashteen. According to the rep


By Dawn
June 4, 2019

News

Modi’s party unveils manifesto with something for everyone

BJP’s key pledges include housing for all by 2022 and the doubling of farmers’ incomes. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday unveiled a manifesto it said was inspired by the spirit of nationalism, in a bid to woo different segments of society just days before voters go to the polls. Populist pledges included doubling the income of farmers by 2022, social security in the form of pensions for small farmers and traders, and tax cuts for the middle class. The BJP also pledged full commitment to national security and a zero tolerance policy on terrorism. On Thursday, India kicks off a


By The Straits Times
April 11, 2019

News

Cloud Seeding: Why make it rain?

The South Korean government carried out its first artificial rain experiment of the year in late January. The trial was conducted by the Korea Meteorological Administration and the Ministry of Environment over the Yellow Sea. The results of this attempt were underwhelming, producing little more than a weak mist. Although the experiment has been reported as a “failure” the purpose of these operations isn’t necessarily to produce rain every time, but rather to acquire data, fine-tune the process and find out if artificial rain can even be reliably stimulated. The KMA carried out 12 experiments in 2018 and has 14 more trials planned for 2019. The data gathered by these trials will be used alongside information obtained from the 54 South Korean artificial rain experiments that h


By Quinn Libson
March 1, 2019