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China to Take Part in Russia's Major Strategic Military Exercise With 3200 Troops, Hundreds of Tanks

This is a major milestone in Russian-Chinese military ties. China has taken part in numerous Russia-organized military drills before, but not in a major "strategic-level" exercise like this one

Via Alexander Gabuev.

Incidentally, Gabuev has long been skeptical about the possibility of a strong Russia-China relationship, especially on account of Russia’s weak understanding of China (see my article on The State of Russian Sinology, where I cover his arguments). So it means something when he says that China and Russia are moving closer to each other than at any other time since the 1950s.

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