China and Russia validate the movement of troops by rail between the 2 countries

If the People's Republic of China and Russia are not, strictly speaking, allies, in the sense that there is no formal agreement of mutual and systematic support in the event of aggression by either, their strategic, political and economic positions have come together considerably in recent years, in a common front against the West and the United States which satisfies both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. Washington must, in fact, deal simultaneously with two military powers rapidly developing, powerless, as was the case with the Warsaw Pact, to aggregate them into a single entity to structure and scale its own military power. However, the military rapprochement between Beijing and Moscow is also growing, with the proliferation of bilateral meetings at the highest level, and joint naval and air maneuvers in the Indo-Pacific zone.

The participation of a force of 550 soldiers from the People's Liberation Army, who came with Type 11 and Dongfeng armored vehicles, to Peace Mission-2021 military exercise organized within the framework of the Collective Security Organization, on the other hand, marks a crucial step, and with so many consequences, in this merger. Indeed, the exercise will be held from September 11 to 15 in Orenburg Oblast, 400 km east of Saratov, near the border with Kazakstan. Above all, the Chinese military will go there during a 6.300 km journey by rail, demonstrating, without doubt, that Beijing is now able to quickly move large heavy forces to Russia by rail. In fact, the People's Liberation Army, its 13 armed groups of more than a million men and 8000 heavy tanks, could, in a short time, come to reinforce the Russian forces in Central Asia, in the Caucasus. , and even in Europe. At least they have obviously started the process to validate this concept.

The transport of heavy armored vehicles imposes severe constraints on the tracks and structures (bridges, tunnels) which may differ from one country to another, making it difficult for large forces to move across borders by rail.

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