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Russo-Chinese Defense Relations

Kevin Ryan

in The Future of China-Russia Relations

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125633
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125633.003.0007
Russo-Chinese Defense Relations

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This chapter tries to capture the predominating view within Russia's defense establishment toward cooperation with China. In particular, it draws as much as possible on published data, but does not shy from introducing some conjecture or opinion where it can fill gaps on this subject. The chapter begins by reviewing the catalysts for Russian–Chinese military cooperation. It considers the Russian understanding of military cooperation and also addresses the bringing of coherence to military cooperation with China. A discussion on the use of military cooperation with China to build the Russian economy is then given. Central Asia, being a nexus of threats common to both Russia and China, quickly showed itself to be the more important stage for military–political and military–practical cooperation. In addition, the Russian–Chinese joint exercises are reported. Finally, the Russian domestic context for military cooperation with China and the future of Russian–Chinese military cooperation are described.

Keywords: Russian–Chinese cooperation; Russia; China; coherence; Russian economy; joint exercises; military–political cooperation; military–practical cooperation

Chapter.  9343 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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