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WWIII WATCH: China Joins Russia for Joint Military Drills

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To look out upon the political landscape of the world today, it is rather important to take a view that is from high, high above, and that takes into account a rather long arc of trends.

That is to say that we cannot interpret the events of this past decade without looking at the context of the last century of human history as well, particularly as all of the lessons of World War II appears to have evaporated over the last 70 years.

And so, once again we are watching the world cleave.  On one side of the divide is liberty, freedom, and democracy. On the other side, tyranny and authoritarianism.

This is why a recent announcement by China and Russia has so many of us concerned.

China’s ministry of defense announced Wednesday that its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will be taking part in military exercises with Russian armed forces in Russia’s far east.

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“According to the annual plan of cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries and the agreements of the parties, the PLA will soon allocate and send part of the forces to Russia to participate in the Vostok-2022 exercises,” the Chinese defense ministry said in a statement.

The Vostok exercises are an opportunity for China and Russia to cooperate militarily in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and possible Chinese action against Taiwan.

The drills will be enormous, and bombastically bolster an already-fertile relationship between the two authoritarian regimes.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the drills will involve “13 training grounds of the Eastern Military District, they will also be attended by the troops of airborne forces, long-range and military transport aviation, as well as foreign military.”

China has been a reliable purchaser of Russian military equipment since the 1990s, with sales to China making up 25-50% of Russian’s foreign military sales. Relations between the two countries have sometimes been strained as Russia in the past has accused the Chinese of stealing intellectual property, yet even with those disputes the sides have moved closer and the joint military exercises have continued.

Russia has also been galvanizing its relationship with other tyrannical governments, such as the Islamic regime in Iran, from which the Kremlin has purchased a number of drones for use in Ukraine.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.