By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Next month’s Vostok 2018 military exercise in eastern Russia is ostensibly Russia’s largest war game since 1981. And now, it will get a further boost by the communist Chinese. China’s Defense Ministry announced yesterday that they will send 3,200 troops from the People’s Liberation Army to join over 100,000 Russians in exercises from September 11 to 15. They will bring with them at least 900 tanks and 30 aircraft. As Breitbart points out, if Russia’s boast of the biggest exercise since the Cold War is accurate, over 1,500 Russian tanks and 120 aircraft will also be involved. I consider the joining of Russian and Chinese militaries to be the stuff of nuclear nightmares.
Obviously, this is a communist show of force to ignite fear in the hearts of Westerners. And in an echo of Russia’s huge Cold War exercises that included partners from Warsaw Pact countries, Mongolia is sending a small force to also get in on the fun. Most of the original members of the Warsaw Pact will be warily watching Vostok 2018. There will be more than a little fear to go around on this event. It’s no coincidence that this week marked the 50th anniversary of the Pact’s invasion of Czechoslovakia.
“Despite furious Western attempts to isolate the Kremlin, countries still want to collaborate with Russia. By arms sales and cooperation, Russia is using its military strength to increase its geopolitical presence in the world,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu blustered. Both Russia and China are flexing their military might and Xi is itching to give the new and improved People’s Liberation Army a field test.