Watling said the Kremlin might exaggerate the range of the exercises which will take place in Siberia and Russia's Far East as a signal for its domestic people.
Codenamed "Vostok-2018", the drills are said to be the largest military exercises since the "Zapad-1981", which was held in 1981 by the Soviet Union and involved about 100,000 to 150,000 troops.
China's military said it has sent 3,200 soldiers, as well as 900 tanks and armor vehicles.
Russian Federation has begun massive military exercises across its central and eastern regions, starting weeklong war games the Defense Ministry says will involve some 300,000 personnel - twice as many as the biggest Soviet maneuvers of the Cold War era.
The war games are held a year after Russian Federation staged major drills in the country's west last September, unnerving neighbouring former Soviet republics.
The weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 manoeuvres span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans and showcase the military might of Russian Federation and China at a time of simmering tensions with the U.S.
Chinese ambassador to Russia Li Hui said relations between the two neighboring countries were at their "best (level) in history", in an interview with Chinese state media Xinhua Monday.
The display of strength from Russian Federation comes at a time when relations between Moscow and the West are at a considerable low. But defence minister Sergei Shoigu said this time would be even larger, with 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships taking part in the drills. Mongolia is also taking part in the drill.
The military exercises come at a time of escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over accusations of Russian interference in western affairs and conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. As with the large-scale exercises Russian Federation held a year ago on its western border, Vostock is viewed as meant to simulate a major conflict with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces.
"The [Vostok 2018] exercise sends a signal to Washington and its allies - if USA continues to push [Russia and China], they will have to deepen military ties", he said. Russia's previous military exercise in the region, Vostok-2014, was nearly half the size, with 155,000 soldiers participating.
But Russia pivoted east towards China after the West sanctioned Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014 and trade links between the two, who share a land border over 4,200 km long, have blossomed since.
Xi said China and Russian Federation would work together to maintain stability and peace in the world.
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