CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE PLANNING WAR GAMES SOON
MARCH 19 2005
RUSSIA IS THE FIRST TO ATTACK THEN CHINA TAKES UP THE SECOND WAVE
THE NUCLEAR DAY OF OUR LORD IS COMING CLOSER TO REALITY
THEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH THESE EXERCISES ARE TO ATTACK AMERICA AS PROPHESIED .
The visiting chief of staff of Russia's army is denying reports that planned Russian-Chinese military exercises are meant as practice for a Chinese attack on Taiwan, according to Chinese and Russian news reports.
Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky said Friday that the planned exercise is meant to build strategic ties between the former Cold War rivals, the news reports said. He made the comments during meetings with Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders.
Baluyevsky dismissed as "pure fiction" reports by Russian media that the exercises were a rehearsal for an invasion of Taiwan, the self-ruled island that the communist Beijing government claims as its territory, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.
Baluyevsky said the exercises are not "against any third country," China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Beijing and Moscow announced plans in December for their first joint military exercises, adding to a growing alliance between the former Cold War rivals.
"It is a new way of cooperation between the two militaries, aimed at improving the training capabilities of the two militaries and boosting their cooperation," Xinhua quoted Baluyevsky as saying.
The Russian general arrived in Beijing amid tensions with Taiwan over new a Chinese law that authorizes an attack if the self-ruled island pursues formal independence.
The two sides split in 1949 but Beijing claims the island as its territory and has threatened to attack if Taiwan pursues independence or puts off talks on unification.
Baluyevsky said the exercises would be held in the autumn and would involve both ground and naval forces, according to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass. That indicated they would take place on China's coast, rather than the northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang or some other inland region, as Russian news reports have suggested.
Neither government has released other details. The Russian Embassy in Beijing did not respond to a request Friday for details of the exercises or Baluyevsky's reported remarks.
The Russian newspaper Kommersant reported this week that China had proposed holding the exercises in Zhejiang, a coastal province near Taiwan. It said Russia was pushing for Xinjiang, due to its proximity to Central Asia, a region where both governments are worried about potential Islamic terrorism.
"Beijing is trying to use Russia as an additional lever of pressure on the disobedient island," the newspaper said.
The exercises will involve Il-76 transport planes with paratroopers, Tu-95MS bombers firing cruise missiles at targets in the sea and Su-27SM fighter jets simulating coverage of ground forces, according to Russian media reports.
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