US threat strengthens Sino-Russian military ties in Pacific

Russian navy cruiser Varyag on joint exercise with China (photo:dpa)
Russian navy cruiser Varyag on joint exercise with China (photo:dpa)

Russia and China have carried out joint military exercises in the Pacific in 2012, a sign that both see the build-up of American forces in the area as a threat. But there are still many areas of disagreement and conflict between the two. This report, the third in the series looking at the build-up of military forces in the Pacific, considers to what extent an improvement in Sino-Russia relations could threaten the might of the US navy.

THE UNITED States administration under President Barack Obama has made it clear that it aims to counter China’s growing military might by upgrading its own military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

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