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Comment: Ulterior motives behind remarks on China-Russia joint exercise

(Source: Xinhua)   2015-08-25

  BEIJING, August 25 (ChinaMil) -- The "Joint Sea 2015 II" China-Russia maritime joint military exercise entered the actual-troop stage on the evening of August 23, 2015 under complex weather conditions.

  When the Chinese and Russian naval taskforces passed the Tsushima Strait and the Soya Strait a week ago, the naval forces of some countries have already taken video footages of the whole process. This time, over 20 warships from China and Russia have conducted military exercise at the Sea of Japan, there would be more surveillance work to do for some countries.

  The "Joint Sea" military exercise is a normalized mechanism under the bilateral military cooperation between China and Russia, the international community has adequate expectations for that.

  Moreover, regardless of the size of the participating troops or the collaborative degree, this exercise is not the largest in the region.

  However, some countries just cannot quit making irresponsible remarks. I am afraid that these countries have ulterior motives and plans.

  For example, one remark goes that the China-Russia joint maritime exercise is a signal of "military alliance" and what’s worse, China and Russia are forming the "center of the new power against America and the West". To tell the truth, such remark completely ignores the reality.

  For the time being, Beijing and Moscow have no plans to revise the "comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership" between the two countries as this relationship fits the reality comfortably. In terms of military and security cooperation between the two countries, China and Russia adhere to the principles of "non-alignment, non-confrontation and not targeting at any third country".

  In recent years, the cooperation in various fields between China and Russia has made real and strong progress, triggering a complex reaction and interpretation in the international community. Some countries have hyped up the China-Russia "alliance". But actually, they want to establish the so-called "enemy" for the expansion of a military alliance system or to find a high-sounding excuse to break the post-war peace regime.

  Some even say that the China-Russia joint military exercise is "aggressive" and "show off muscles" and it "seriously disturbs" the military plans of the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific, and it even aims to "bash Japan".

  Of course, those countries can express "condemnation" as they want, but at least they should be aware of three basic facts: First, this “largest” China-Russia maritime joint exercise only involves a small number of troops and that number is too small compared with the U.S.-led Asia-Pacific military exercise series which usually involve at least tens of thousands of troops.

  Second, the "Joint Sea-2015" military exercise is held in two phases and indeed there is a "frequency increase", but just twice a year. "Far less than the number of U.S.-led joint exercises with Japan, South Korea and other countries in the region", according to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

  Third, a "joint landing" operation will be exercised for the first time but the landing drill subjects are not invented by China or Russia and there’s no need to fuss. I am afraid no reasonable man would accuse of this joint military exercise as “show off muscle” if they understand the above facts.

  "The Hindu" reported on August 17 that "the Joint Sea-2015 (II) is being timed with the growing militarization of the Pacific under President Barack Obama’s 'Pivot to Asia' doctrine, which empowers the U.S. Pacific Command to draw nearly two-thirds of all American forces under its wing". This is the background of the growing Asia-Pacific military diplomacy.

  The U.S. foreign policy-makers must be fans of the theory of balance of power and that’s why they want the "rebalancing" in the Asia-Pacific region. However, when the U.S. is leading its partners to increase military exercises, when the U.S. has put 60 percent of its ships to the Pacific region, the Asia-Pacific is not “more balanced” but “more unbalanced” instead.

  Security in the Asia-Pacific region is supposed to be common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable. The security should not come at the cost of the insecurity of the majority of countries. From this perspective, the China-Russia military exercise is just an effort to maintain the balance of power and the overall security in Asia-Pacific.

  Some people think that the respective national interests and increasing external pressures have brought China and Russia closer. Such view is not unreasonable. Therefore, instead of making irresponsible remarks on China-Russia military cooperation, some countries should really take a look at themselves first. As China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said, before you comment on others, you’d better review your own deeds.

  (By Hao Weiwei from the Xinhua)

Editor:Zhang Tao
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