Chinese, Russian Troops Stage Landings

#1
Chinese, Russian Troops Stage Landings


Chinese military helicopters seen during the Sino-Russian military exercise dubbed "Peace Mission 2005" in the northern Chinese province of Shandong, Wednesday, Aug.
August 24, 2005 4:40 PM EDT

SHANGHAI, China - Thousands of Chinese and Russian troops launched a mock amphibious landing on a Chinese beach Wednesday as Moscow's defense minister said the joint war games underscore a growing strategic partnership between the former Cold War adversaries.

Chinese state television showed fog and rain blanketing the coast of the northern Chinese province of Shandong as landing craft disgorged troops and amphibious tanks and armored vehicles in the heavy surf.

Bombers and fighter jets attacked imaginary targets on shore as soldiers charged through seaside scrub and rappelled down ropes from helicopters.

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov met Wednesday with his Chinese counterpart Cao Gangquan, telling him the unprecedented war games showed their "strategic cooperative partnership has entered into a new stage," China's official Xinhua News Agency said.

Cao replied that the exercises deepened trust and cooperation in military affairs and had "an important realistic significance and profound historic impact on the safeguarding of regional and world peace and security."

The eight-day exercise, dubbed "Peace Mission 2005" and expected to end Thursday, involved about 7,000 Chinese troops and 1,800 Russians, along with state-of-the-art warships, warplanes and armor.

Although the two nations have previously participated in border security exercises involving other Central Asia countries, the joint war games represent the first real military cooperation between them.

Chinese and Russian generals have sought to reassure the region that the exercises aren't directed against any other nation. Under a fictional scenario, the forces have a U.N. mandate to stabilize a country plunged into violence by ethnic strife.

Yet, Chinese media and military analysts say the exercises also are aimed at showing Washington that Russia and China can respond to provocations, especially over Taiwan, which China has vowed to reclaim by force if necessary.

The two nations have also been unnerved by U.S. deployments in the Central Asia and have used their dominance of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization - whose defense ministers are observing the drills - to demand withdrawals of American forces.

Washington has said it would withdraw from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan once combat operations in Afghanistan were finished. Last month, however, Uzbekistan ordered U.S. troops to leave the country within 180 days.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday the U.S. was monitoring the games, but didn't see them as threatening.

Russia is seen as using the exercises to pitch further sales of weapons to China, one of its leading customers, including long-range strategic bombers able to carry nuclear weapons.

Russia and China fought border skirmishes after falling out in the 1950s. However, ties have strengthened following the rise of autocratic President Vladimir Putin, aided by China's hunger for Russian oil and gas and mutual concerns over U.S. military deployments.
 
#3
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday the U.S. was monitoring the games, but didn't see them as threatening
Buried your head in the sand unwilling to acknowledge your belligerent stance in the CIS has contributed to this you mean.
 
#4
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday the U.S. was monitoring the games, but didn't see them as threatening
It could be translated from political English as:

We see them as a threat but we can't do anything with it.

If mr.Rumsfeld really meant what he has said then we whould have heard something like this:

We wholeheartedly support objectives and hope to take part in the future.
 
#5
KGB_resident said:
.......................

If mr.Rumsfeld really meant what he has said then we whould have heard something like this:

We wholeheartedly support objectives and hope to take part in the future.
except for this part

Yet, Chinese media and military analysts say the exercises also are aimed at showing Washington that Russia and China can respond to provocations, especially over Taiwan, which China has vowed to reclaim by force if necessary.

The two nations have also been unnerved by U.S. deployments in the Central Asia and have used their dominance of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization - whose defense ministers are observing the drills - to demand withdrawals of American forces.

If 'the West' had put the effort, trade and money into Russia after the fall of the USSR, instead of China, things may be quite different.
Now we have Russia joining with a newly wealthy China.
 
#6
If 'the West' had put the effort, trade and money into Russia after the fall of the USSR
We did , we created an awful lot of millionaires and not a lot else. Difficult to invest in a country where "Businessmen" would rather steal it than look for a return on an investment.
 
#8
PartTimePongo said:
If 'the West' had put the effort, trade and money into Russia after the fall of the USSR
We did , we created an awful lot of millionaires and not a lot else. Difficult to invest in a country where "Businessmen" would rather steal it than look for a return on an investment.
Sure, McDonalds set up there. We did not put the kind of effort into Russia that has been put into China.
Businessmen in China aren't exactly lilly white!
 
#9
I agree with one (very important) point. The West hasn't done much to make Russia part of the West (however culturally and historically Russia is potentially more natural part of the West than Japan).

Russia and China are not 'big friends', rather partners. China is an important market for Russian weapons. So these war-games are in fact big ad, nothing above it I believe.

If the West really wants to see Russia as a part of the West then it should open own markets for Russian weapns (some of them are not bad).

As to Taiwan, then with or without Russia (of course without), later or sooner China will establish control over the island. 10, 20, even 50 years is not a big term for China. China is waiting a right moment.
 
#10
KGB_resident said:
...............................

If the West really wants to see Russia as a part of the West then it should open own markets for Russian weapns (some of them are not bad).

..........................
Russian Industry has more to offer than just weapons. It's capable of producing anything China does now.
 

Similar threads

Top