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Friends or Rivals? Sino-Russian ‘Naval Cooperation 2012’

What does the recent joint naval exercise undertaken by Russia and China mean for relations between these two states?

‘Naval Cooperation 2012’, the joint naval exercise undertaken by China and Russia in the Yellow Sea in April, saw seven Russian ships, headed by the Slava-class, guided-missile cruiser Varyag, join a Chinese fleet of sixteen surface vessels and two submarines at the headquarters of the Chinese navy’s northern fleet in the Shandong Peninsula. The Chinese media has emphasised the importance of the military ties between the two countries and the growing experience of the Chinese

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