(JustPatriots.com)- The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent a delegation of military tanks and troops into Russia, according to Breitbart News. The troops moved from the Chinese city of Manzhouli Inner Mongolia to the Russian city of Zabaikalsk ahead of Moscow’s International Army Games. The two cities share a border that reportedly serves as a major land port of entry between the two countries.
The competition is from August 13 to August 27 with 12 participating countries competing against the other in a variety of exercises. The host countries this year include Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and India.
“A total of 36 international competitions will be held during the Army Games. As many as 13 countries are ready to host some competitions on their territory,” Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency reported.
Venezuela will also host a part of the games this year and Saudi Arabia will be participating for the first time. China is hosting three competitions, including “infantry fighting vehicles game and a frigate race,” according to the South China Morning Post.
“Naval infantry from Venezuela, Iran and China will participate in the Seaborne Assault contest of the International Army Games,” TASS reported.
The games were created and organized annually by Russia’s Ministry of Defense back in 2015, ten years after both Chinese and Russian forces have reportedly “stepped up their joint military exercises…both bilaterally and through multilateral platforms” when they began facing increased Western bitterness. The Ministry of Defense said that the games are “an international platform for militaries to exchange experience and strengthen cooperation.”
The joint excursions, however, are suspiciously observed in the West, especially nearly six months after Russia launched its invasion into Ukraine. The United States has grown more distant with both Russia after silencing diplomatic relations. Since the White House’s informational blunder regarding the Ukraine war, China has grown closer to Russia.