Vostok 2022: Competing Military Exercises?

Russia, China, and several other countries are participating in Vostok 2022, a massive military exercise in the “Russian Far East.” It’s not the first time China and Russia have collaborated on military exercises, but this one is set to be the largest.  The two nations do not always see eye-to-eye, but through the military exercises and opportunities afforded by the exit of American and Europen companies from Russia, are working to fix that problem. All of this comes after a large-scale military exercise with the US and 26 other nations concluded in Guam on August 5. Never mind the arms race, we also have the military exercise race.

Russia placed its Su-35S, Su-30SM and MiG-31 warplanes on alert as the Vostok 2022 exercise began on Wednesday.

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Drills are being held at seven training grounds in Russia’s far east, and in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan. The exercise is being personally commanded by Russia’s Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov…

In addition to China and India, 11 other countries are participating in the exercise to varying degrees, including Nicaragua, Algeria, Laos, Mongolia, Syria’s Assad regime, and Russia’s longtime allies in the post-Soviet space.

“The exercise is not directed against any specific states or military alliances and is purely defensive in nature,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said during a briefing for foreign military attachés on Monday.

Dimitri Simes, CNS News

One of the nations participating in Vostok 2022 is India, which has raised questions at the US State Department. India is the 4th member of “The Quad” – an alliance between the US, Australia, and Japan. They have frequently participated in exercises with those nations, and now sending around 75 troops to the Russia exercises begins to make the US nervous. Although India has maintained a relationship with Russia in spite of how the politics may appear.

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Military exercises may be designed to help alliances coordinate their efforts, but they also send a message. Pacific Rim (RIMPAC 2022) that operated in the region with the US and 26 nations participating, had around 25,000 troops. It reminded Russia and China of Western military might. The exercise concluded on August 5. The other side claims Vostok 2022 will have 50,000 troops. It seems to be the one-upmanship-model of military exercises.

Both sides say their exercises are meant to protect “peace and stability.” We sincerely hope that is true.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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