CHINA is set to pour thousands of troops into Russia to stage huge war games as tensions with other countries hit boiling point.
It comes amid fears Russia and China's leaders Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are plotting for World War 3 to break out against the West.
Both countries have made repeated chilling threats to blast the UK and US as tensions simmer over Ukraine and Taiwan.
Just this month, China extended its largest-ever exercises around Taiwan beyond the four days originally scheduled in retaliation over Nancy Pelosi's visit – including rehearsing sinking US submarines.
The country had also bragged about its ability to sink US aircraft carriers using hypersonic missiles.
Meanwhile, Russia has issued a string of threats to the West during its invasion of Ukraine.
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One of Putin's cronies previously boasted Moscow's Satan-2 nuke can demolish "half of the US coast".
In another warning, Russian state TV said Britain could be bombed "back to the stone age" in ten minutes using Putin's "unstoppable" 7,000mph hypersonic nuke missiles.
But China's ministry today insisted Beijing participation in the latest joint exercises was "unrelated to the current international and regional situation".
Last month, Moscow announced plans to hold exercises from August 30 to September 5, even as it wages a costly war in Ukraine.
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China's ministry said: "The aim is to deepen practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of participating countries, enhance the level of strategic collaboration among the participating parties, and strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats."
Under Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Putin, Beijing and Moscow have grown increasingly close.
A year ago, Russia and China held joint military exercises in north-central China involving more than 10,000 troops.
In October, Russia and China held joint naval drills in the Sea of Japan.
Days later, Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the western Pacific.
Shortly before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Beijing and Moscow announced a "no limits" partnership.
It comes as Putin also cozies up to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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Putin has written to the tyrant to form a pact to unite the pariah nations against the "hostile" West.
The concerning kinship has stoked fear among security agencies who fear their alliance could result in disastrous consequences.
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