China and Belarus conduct joint military exercises right next to NATO and EU’s border

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China and Belarus announced they were holding joint military training exercises just miles from the border of Poland – a NATO and European Union member.

Belarus’ Ministry of Defense said troops from China’s People’s Liberation Army arrived in Belarus over the weekend. It published a series of photographs showing Chinese troops offloading equipment from a military cargo aircraft and said the drills will last for 11 days, from Monday to July 19.

NATO and the EU have long accused Belarus of weaponizing the border by pushing asylum-seekers from third countries to its borders and the joint exercises will no doubt be seen by some as a further provocation – especially as they come on the eve of NATO’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington, D.C., and on the day that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is visiting Poland.

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tiredofsametab

When I sometimes talk about things in my past that make me nostalgic, cold war shenanigans never makes that list.

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China and Belarus announced they were holding joint military training exercises just miles from the border of Poland – a NATO and European Union member.

It published a series of photographs showing Chinese troops offloading equipment from a military cargo aircraft and said the drills will last for 11 days, from Monday to July 19.

NATO and the EU have long accused Belarus of weaponizing the border by pushing asylum-seekers from third countries to its borders and the joint exercises will no doubt be seen by some as a further provocation – especially as they come on the eve of NATO’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington, D.C., and on the day that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is visiting Poland.

Moscow partly used Belarus as a launching pad for the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 after amassing troops on the Ukrainian border during what it said were joint military exercises.

The Chinese troops arrived in Belarus just days after that country joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Thursday.

Founded in 2001 by China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to combat terrorism and promote border security, the SCO has grown in recent years as Beijing and Moscow drive a transformation of the bloc from a regional security club with a focus on Central Asia to a geopolitical counterweight to Western institutions led by the United States and its allies.


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krazzyk

How do I disable this post on every post?

Flying Squid

Can you hear the rattle?

PhlubbaDubba

Probably won't lead to anything, China isn't led by someone stupid enough to start a war with the US by bringing the entirety of NATO into it at once via article 5, especially not with their eyes on the prize of Taiwan still (and also probably a good chunk of Russia)

empireOfLove2 , edited

Orban, however, has shown no such indications of intelligence

NaibofTabr

And yet they're getting into bed with Belarus.

eran_morad , edited

Let’s be real, belarus is part of russia.

BaroqueInMind , edited

"Belarus" literally translates to "little Russia"; Bela Rus, little Rus.

eran_morad , edited

Incorrect. I come from a Russian speaking family and retain much of the language. Belarus is “white Rus”, Белая Русь (“Belaya Rus”). Sometime referred to historically as White Russia.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarus.

Edit: Ukraine, historically, has been referred to as “Little Russia” (by the Russian Empire, affirming its subjugation of the Ukrainian people), and you may be confusing it for Belarus.

BaroqueInMind

Oh forgive me I meant Bela rus means tiny penis

faizalr

I can feel the pressure.

febra

As an EU citizen what can I say. We do the same thing on China's borders with our allies there. I don't see an issue with China giving us a taste of our own medicine.

Lost_My_Mind

What ever happened to "fuck around, find out"?

Atin

Mutually assured destruction had tended to stop certain countries from finding out.