The Pentagon questioned the possibility of a military Alliance of Russia and China
WASHINGTON, September 12 — RIA Novosti. The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis said that Russia and China are unlikely to create a military Alliance, despite the implementation of major joint exercises.
“I think that these countries act in their own interests. I never see that in the long term, unites Russia and China,” said Mattis reporters on Tuesday, answering the question, does not the hold a major joint military exercises between the formation of these countries military Alliance.
Exercises “Vostok-2018” held from 11 to 17 September at the Russian far East and adjacent Pacific areas. They will be the largest in Russia for 37 years, they attract almost 300 thousand soldiers, tens of thousands of armored vehicles, helicopters, planes and drones. At one stage in the maneuvers will involve troops from China and Mongolia. In particular, the Chinese side in doctrines will take part about three thousand soldiers, 30 planes and helicopters.
China is currently one of the main trade partners of Russia, including for the procurement of military-technical products. Countries cooperate on many international platforms such as the UN, SCO, BRICS and others. Chinese President XI Jinping participated in the opening of the Eastern economic form in Vladivostok, where he spent his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.