Russia’s Vostok 2018 War Games

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Vladimir Putin says Russia’s armed forces will continue to be strengthened, as they undertake their largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union.

For the first time, Chinese troops joined the week-long exercises on Thursday.

On the other side of the world, NATO simulated jet interceptions over Western Europe to deter Russian aircraft from entering NATO airspace. Russia and the West have not looked so hostile since the end of the Cold War.-Aljazeera

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China sent about 3,200 troops, 900 combat vehicles and 30 aircraft to join the drills at a Siberian firing range, a deployment that reflects its shift toward a full-fledged military alliance with Russia.

Speaking at the Tsugol firing range about 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the border with China, where Russian and Chinese troops performed joint drills, Putin lauded the troops for their skills, saying they “demonstrated their capability to deflect potential military threats.”

He emphasized that “Russia is a peaceful nation,” but noted that the country needs to strengthen its military capability to “be ready to protect its sovereignty, security and national interests, and, if necessary, support our allies.”-FOX

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From China’s perspective, the emerging military alliance with Russia sends a strong signal to the U.S. and its ally Japan. China is intent on defending its interests in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims virtually in its entirety, as well as Taiwan and the Senkaku and Diaoyu islands controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing.-Fox

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