Friday, August 26, 2005


The eight-day war games, which involved nearly 10,000 Chinese and Russian troops in east China's Shandong Peninsula, have been interpreted as a series of signals.

The unprecedented display of Russian and Chinese combined military might sends a signal to Central Asian countries that both Moscow and Beijing will no longer ignore American inroads into the strategically important region.

Russian-Chinese military cooperation could be developed within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) …China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

SCO as a counterbalance to growing US influence in the region. This policy appeared to entail the recent eviction of the US military from a base in Uzbekistan, a SCO member.

…To ensure the readiness of the two armies "to counter the challenges we face today in Asia-Pacific and globally".

As Washington is stuck in its Iraqi quagmire, Russia and China seemingly availed themselves an opportunity to demonstrate their unwillingness to live in a unipolar world

Moscow and Beijing have to join forces in a drive against the US unilateralism.

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