Indian and Chinese forces marched together alongside Russian soldiers in Moscow’s Victory Day Parade on Wednesday, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
The showing was a remarkable gesture of solidarity between the two Asian neighbors following a deadly clash between their armies’ border troops in the Himalayas just over a week ago.
According to the report, an Indian Tri-Service contingent marched through Moscow’s historic Red Square followed minutes later by a unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army honor guard. An estimated 14,000 soldiers from 17 countries participated in the military procession, which marked the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Singh, who was on a three-day visit to Russia starting Monday, did meet with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov. They discussed “defense cooperation” between India and Russia and explored “ways to expand it,” according to India’s Zee News.
On Wednesday, Singh posted photos of Indian soldiers marching in the Victory Day Parade to his official Twitter account, along with a caption expressing his pleasure with India’s participation in the event.
Chinese state media also shared photos of its armed forces marching in the parade, along with details of what it called the display of “Russia’s fighting capabilities” in the military procession. “The parade featured more than 200 units of military equipment as well as 75 planes and helicopters. Over 20 pieces of new equipment, including Tosochka flame-throwers, T-90M tanks, and Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile systems, [were] shown for the first time,” China’s state-run People’s Daily wrote.