China, Russia Study Establishing Military Alliance – Russian ExpertPosted: September 12, 2016
Yesterday, Russia and China began their joint military drill in the South China Sea instead of the area to the north of Chinese sea area and near Russia.
Like their joint drill in the Mediterranean, it has roused great concerns.
Russia does not take side in China’s disputes with China’s neighbors in the South China Sea but supports China’s stance in disregarding Hague arbitration ruling. However, the US opposes China’s stance and has sent two aircraft carrier battle groups to threaten China; therefore, there is the question: Does the joint drill target US navy?
It is a question similar to that about the joint drill in the Mediterranean: Did China take part in the drill to show its support for Russia in its conflicts in Ukraine?
Both drills have been claimed to be directed at no third party. Do you believe that?
In its report on the drill, China’s official military forum mil.huanqiu.com quotes Alexey Maslov, Principal of the Oriental College of the Research University of Russian Higher Economic School, as saying “This drill aims at testing the capabilities of the two navies in jointly resolving crisis in East Asia and Southeast Asia.”
The report says that Maslov believes that Russia and China are now studying the establishment of their future military and political alliance, but such alliance will not be a formal organization in form and law like NATO.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Chinese-Russian military drill rouses concerns: Russian expert: The two countries are studying the establishment of military alliance” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)