China's ambitious military modernisation programme could well be a threat to Russia (photo: dpa)

Russia may have more to fear from its Chinese neighbour than any threat from the United States

Russian security analysts are starting to acknowledge that the country needs to look to the East, particularly China, rather than the West for any threat to its security. The third in the series on Russia rearmament looks at how a perceived threat of invasion from the East is affecting Russia’s rearmament plans, and the growing tension in Beijing and Moscow as both sides conduct military exercises – in Russia’s case using a simulated nuclear strike.

RUSSIA’S perception of any military threat it might face is undergoing radical change. Outside security analysts have long pointed to the ‘absurdity’ of Russian persistence in pointing to the United States as its main threat.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Russian leadership has resorted to a lowering of the nuclear threshold since it realised that its conventional forces are no longer capable of withstanding a serious invasion
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