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Posted: 8/18/2005 5:24:04 AM EDT

China-Russia war games under way
Russian honour guards march past saluting Chinese and Russian commanders, Aug. 18. 2005
Russian and Chinese commanders laid wreaths at a war memorial

Russian and Chinese armed forces have begun their first joint exercises, involving some 10,000 personnel.

Marines will storm beaches, to be joined by paratroopers in a mock invasion of an imaginary country.

The eight-day operation got under way in Vladivostok, in Russia's far east, with consultations between military delegations from the two countries.

Analysts say the two sides are signalling they are prepared to counter US dominance in international affairs.

The manoeuvres are being watched closely by Washington, but the US has not chosen to send official observers.


CHINA-RUSSIA EXERCISES
Known as Peace Mission 2005
Up to 10,000 personnel - as well as aircraft, warships and submarines
Russia and China clashed in the past over border issues, but relations have now improved
Russia is now one of China's top arms suppliers

Exercises no seismic shift

"We are following the exercises," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said this week.

"We expect that they will be conducted in a manner that supports some mutual goal of regional stability shared by the United States, China and Russia."

They will be also be monitored in Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province.

'No threat'

But China and Russia have stressed that the exercises, dubbed Peace Mission 2005, are not designed to intimidate.

"Our exercises don't threaten any country," General Yuri Baluyevsky, the head of the Russian armed forces general staff, told a news conference in Vladivostok.

General Liang Guanglie, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, said they were designed to "protect peace and stability in our region and the whole world".

Recruits of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in target practice at a training base on March 3, 2005 in Xining of Qinghai Province, China.
China's military has been modernising rapidly
He said they were part of the "fight against international terrorism, separatism and extremism".

He denied the two countries were planning some kind of military union.

The exercises, involving air, sea, and ground units, involve mainly Chinese troops and will climax next week with an amphibious and paratroop landing on China's Shandong peninsula in the Yellow Sea.

Heralding the start of the drills, the Russian and Chinese commanders laid wreaths at a World War II memorial in Vladivostok before a Russian honour guard, and veterans from both countries also placed flowers there.


That just makes me nervous.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:25:21 AM EDT
"Marines will storm beaches, to be joined by paratroopers in a mock invasion of an imaginary country."

You mean a mock invasion of us.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:28:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Followthehollow:
"Marines will storm beaches, to be joined by paratroopers in a mock invasion of an imaginary country."

You mean a mock invasion of us Taiwan



Fixed.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:29:59 AM EDT
And we'll likely end up having to rescue some of their asses (again) when their equipment fails.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:31:58 AM EDT
<.........................................runs to put on his copy of Red Dawn
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:32:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
And we'll likely end up having to rescue some of their asses (again) when their equipment fails.

No kidding! Notify the US, British, Australian, Taiwanese, and Japanese navies. Sound a general alarm and tell them to make ready the rescue boats! You can't trust those commie shipbuilders and crews to stay afloat.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:43:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 5:43:35 AM EDT by senorFrog]
Geez, they'll probably spend more time bumping into to each other than anything else.

The Hunt for Red October was on last night. Classic line, applies to all these subs going down, paraphrasing here..."You lost another submarine!?"
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:45:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 5:45:50 AM EDT by TheCynic]

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
And we'll likely end up having to rescue some of their asses (again) when their equipment fails.



"Andrei, you've lost another submarine?"




eta: beaten.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:53:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheCynic:

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
And we'll likely end up having to rescue some of their asses (again) when their equipment fails.



"Andrei, you've lost another submarine?"




eta: beaten.



I got there first, but you got it right.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 5:56:02 AM EDT
We should sneak a SEAL team in there and plant a US flag on one of their ships. That'll really annoy 'em.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 10:54:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KlubMarcus:
We should sneak a SEAL team in there and plant a US flag on one of their ships. hat



Then they'll prolly blow up their own ship just to send a message!
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