Beijing: The joint drills between China and Russia to take place in Beijing from December 11-16 is to work out the response to sudden and provocative attacks against the territories of China or Russia with the use of ballistic or cruise missiles. The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that joint military computer drills with China during which the armies will practice measures in the event of “accidental and provocative ballistic missile strikes.”
The Chinese Defense Ministry has also commented on the upcoming event, saying that “the drills are not directed against third countries.” The announcement had been made amid joint US-South Korean drills that kicked off on November 11, while the number of war games in the region has increased in recent months amid the unprecedented escalation of the North Korean crisis.
Earlier, South Korea together with the US and Australia held joint military drills in the East China sea aimed at what was said to be the “prevention of import and export of North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, and the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions regarding the illicit and provocative actions of North Korea.”
Russia and China have repeatedly voiced their concerns over the increased number of drills in the region and reiterated calls to solve the North Korean issue via dialogue.