China and Russia have begun a series of joint military drills in northeastern China that the two countries have described as a counterterrorism exercise.
The five-day drills in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region are taking place just weeks before the US is due to complete its military pullout from Afghanistan, which borders China.
China is concerned that Afghanistan could again be a staging ground for al-Qaeda.
Beijing and Moscow have drawn closer as their ties with the United States have deteriorated.
Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown reports from Hong Kong.
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