Fresh World War Three fears have been sparked after a joint military operation was carried out between Russia, China and India.
The drills, commentators say, are designed to demonstrate a closer military relationship between Russia and China, both of which are currently experiencing tensions with the USA.
The Vostok 2022 manoeuvres also see forces from Syria taking part and are set to last a week.
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Referred to as war games, the intention behind them isn’t particularly fun – they're large-scale dummy operations held to simulate large-scale open warfare.
They also serve as a message to the rest of the world about which militaries are prepared to share knowledge and information with one another.
Vostok, or East, started on Thursday (September 10 and comes at a particularly important time given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China and the US’ tensions over Taiwan.
It will run until Wednesday (September 7) and is taking place in the far east of Russia, in the wild and isolated Siberia stretching also into the Japan Sea.
According to Al Jazeera, the mammoth war games are seeing some 50,000 troops, 5,000 weapons units and 14 aircraft and 60 warships taking part.
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They are being overseen by Russian General Staff chief, General Valery Gerasimov.
As well as host nation Russia, also involved are China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua.
Last week Chinese defence ministry spokesperson, Colonel Tan Kefei, said that the operation: “aims to deepen pragmatic and friendly cooperation between the militaries of the participating countries, enhance the level of strategic cooperation among all participating parties, and enhance the ability to jointly respond to various security threats”.
This is the second time military operations between Russia and China have been held this year.
Speaking on Tuesday, the USA's White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: "The United States has concerns about any country exercising with Russia while Russia wages a unprovoked, brutal war against Ukraine.
"But, of course, every participating country will make its own decisions."
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