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Sino-Russian Defense Ties

Jing-dong Yuan

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/9780813125633.003.0008
Sino-Russian Defense Ties

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This chapter describes the various aspects of Sino-Russian defense ties in terms of their evolution, current programs, future projections and limitations, and the implications for regional security and U.S. policy. It argues that Sino-Russian defense ties will continue in the coming years, barring (and even despite) dramatic developments such as the lifting of the European Union (EU) arms embargo, with China continuing to make sizeable albeit selective purchases of Russian weapons systems. However, Beijing will seek to lever its position as a key customer to demand more advanced systems and greater technology transfers in an effort to further improve its own domestic defense industrial base. The chapter begins by highlighting Chinese arms acquisitions from Russia since the 1990s. The issues and prospects of Sino-Russian defense cooperation are covered. The future direction of Sino-Russian defense ties will continue to be determined by the overall politico-strategic relationship of the two countries.

Keywords: defense ties; Sino-Russian cooperation; arms acquisitions; Russia; Beijing; regional security; U.S. policy

Chapter.  10280 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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