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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 1:16 p.m. PST

…. A 'China Alliance' All Hype?

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting his Chinese counterpart at an economic forum in the far eastern port city of Vladivostok today as armed forces from both countries descend on eastern Siberia to launch Moscow's largest-ever military drills.

Russia's week-long deployment alongside Chinese and Mongolian troops, known as "Vostok-2018" (East-2018), comes at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West over accusations of Russian interference in Western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria…."
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Wow!… 300,000 soldiers in the field, 1,000 warplanes, helicopters and drones, 36,000 armor vehicles, and 80 combat and support ships …. far superior to any Western military exercise … ever….


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 1:43 p.m. PST

Originally, these exercises were to defend against the Chinese, so……..

Also, only about 3,000 Chinese troops are participating in them.

I suspect China is a far bigger threat to Russia, than any other country on the planet.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 1:55 p.m. PST

It's mostly Russian with only token Chinese (3,000 troops) participation. And as the article pointed out, Russia could hardly hold an exercise of such magnitude so close to the Chinese border and not seem provocative without inviting the Chinese to participate.

Still, it's a golden opportunity to send a message to the west that sanctions levied against Russia and tariffs levied against China are driving the two countries to cozy up and seek closer economic/military ties.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

The problem for the Russians is that cozy relationship ends up with ALL their tech being stolen, copied, and put into use by their erstwhile "ally".

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 5:17 p.m. PST

True enough. The SU-35 "deal" being a prime example.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

Yea, not to mention the earlier Sukhois.

Surprised the Russians went ahead with the deal, but at least they made them buy a few dozen in order to reap some profits from that.

Rumor has it they also want the Su-35 engines for their J-20 stealth fighter.

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