China has its eyes and ears open, as India and Russia today embarked on their mega joint military drill named as ‘Indra 2017’. An official ceremony was held today in Vladivostok to mark the launch of the joint military exercise that will commence from tomorrow. China will be watching the development closely, as it’s witnessing increasing resistance from neighboring countries and the United States. The state run Chinese media commented on the joint India-Russia military drill, saying that the drill is a way for India to communicate to Russia that their long lasting partnership remains intact even though it is increasing its ties with the US and Japan. Indra 2017 is a mega joint military exercise, as it will involve all the three cores – The Army, The Air Force and the Navy.
Around 400 Indian personnel have arrived in Russia and they will be taking part in the joint military drill. In comparison, the Russian side will have around 1000 troops participating in the drill. Naval frigate INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt are currently stationed at the port of Vladivostok. The primary objective of the drill is to practice anti-terror operations and to improve co-ordination between the forces of the two nations. China strongly believes that India will have to work with China at the regional level, and this aggressive and dominant thinking often leads to tensions between India and China.