Russia will participate in military exercises on the theme of jointly safeguarding regional security and stability in northwest China in August. Experts said this will be the first joint exercise to be held in China since the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak in 2020, demonstrating the high level of mutual trust between the two armies. Withdraw troops. Exercise
Zapad / Interaction2021 will be held at the Qingtongxia Joint Tactical Training Base in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region from early to mid-August. The issue is to jointly maintain regional security and stability. The Defense Ministry announced at a regular press conference on Thursday. According to 4,444 observers, this is the first joint exercise between China and other countries since the COVID19 outbreak in 2020, and the first exercise under the Zapad Interaction name.
The two parties will establish a joint command. The western theater of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the eastern military region of Russia will send more than 10,000 troops, a variety of aircraft, artillery and armored equipment for exercises. Wu said, to test joint recognition: early warning, electronic information attack and strike capabilities.
Chinese military experts stated that Zapad Interaction2021 is a large-scale strategic exercise in terms of participating troops, related equipment and training targets, using some of the most advanced weapons and tactics in the world. anonymous. The Global Times Thursday. Experts predict that
may become a series of frequent exercises.
Since 2018, China has participated in Russia’s Vostok2018, Tsentr2019 and Kavkaz2020 strategic exercises. Observers said that this is also the first strategic exercise that China has invited foreign troops to participate in, and it is also the first time that Russian troops have entered the Qingtongxia military base. The
exercise aims to consolidate the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia in the new era, deepen the pragmatic cooperation and traditional friendship between the two militaries, and further demonstrate the determination and ability of both sides to combat terrorist forces and maintain Sino-Russian relations. Wu said, regional peace and security.
Despite the difficulties caused by the new corona pneumonia epidemic, China and Russia continue to hold regular annual military exercises, reflecting the need to strengthen the joint response of the two armies to regional and global challenges in special circumstances . A Chinese international affairs expert who asked not to be named told the Global Times on Thursday that despite a pandemic, a war can happen or a pandemic can happen during war.
This exercise marked a new level of cooperation between the two armies and a high level of mutual political trust.
On Wednesday, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe held talks with Russian Defense Minister Shoigu in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and attended the meeting of defense ministers of the Organization’s member states. of Shanghai Cooperation.
Wei and Shoigu mentioned changes in the situation in Afghanistan and Central Asia, and the importance of maintaining regional security and stability. The
exercise also took into account the changes in the situation in Afghanistan. Chinese international affairs experts said that the irresponsible withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has placed a burden on neighboring countries. As major powers, China and Russia must play their respective roles to jointly maintain regional peace and stability and prevent the development of terrorist forces in the region.
Experts said that from a global perspective, both China and Russia are facing the suppression of the United States and have promoted military cooperation between the two countries through joint exercises.
Although the United States is leaving Afghanistan, the presence of American troops will continue to exist, as well as in Central and South Asia, so China and Russia must be prepared to jointly defend their strategic corridors, experts say. According to Russian media reports,
Shoigu was invited to participate in joint exercises. Observers noted that this will also be Shoigu’s first visit to China for military exercises.
A new wave of COVID19 cases from an airport in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province in eastern China, has spread to five other provinces and Beijing. This is the largest internal infectious disease after Wuhan.
Since the first confirmed case of the latest epidemic was discovered at Nanjing Lukou International Airport on July 20, as of Thursday morning, nearly 200 cases of infection have been reported. Compared with the previous rounds of domestic virus re-emergence, which was generally limited to one city or a few nearby cities, the Nanjing epidemic occurred at an international airport with heavy traffic. Passengers who traveled long distances across regions quickly rushed around the country with the virus. To the southwest and other places in China. Experts in Northeast China.
Zhangjiajie is a popular tourist attraction in Hunan Province and the filming location of James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar. It is believed to be another key node in the infection chain. On July 22, I watched a cultural performance of more than 2,000 people in Zhangjiajie and found 4 cases of infection at Lukou Airport. Beijing reported two confirmed cases returning from Zhangjiajie on Thursday.
Wang Guangfa, a respiratory expert at Peking University First Hospital, told the Global Times on Thursday that the highly transmitted Delta variant also caused the virus to spread rapidly across the country.
Nanjing’s sudden large-scale infection has had a strong impact on people’s psychology. Many people have already relaxed their daily protection or are planning summer vacations, but they have to cancel.
“Now is the time for us to uncover potential gaps in epidemic prevention and control work,” Wang said, noting that even cities where Nanjing-related infections have not been found should remain vigilant.
In many cities in the country, close contact detection has been strengthened to identify residents who have been in Nanjing and other cities with confirmed cases, and strengthen prevention and control. For example, the authorities in Handan, Hebei, North China and Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, North China also released the epidemiological investigation results of some close contacts of confirmed cases in Nanjing.