Global Insider: Russia-China Military Ties Growing Despite Friction
World Politics Review
April 26, 2012
Interview with: Simon Saradzhyan, Belfer Center fellow
Topic: Russia-China relations
“WPR: How has Russia-China military and defense cooperation evolved over the past 10 years?
Simon Saradzhyan: Bilateral military cooperation has developed steadily thanks to a general rapprochement between China and postcommunist Russia. On top of strong economic ties, the growth is based on the convergence of the two countries’ interests in opposing U.S. global dominance, the development of U.S. missile defenses, the expansion of NATO and regime changes in third countries.
The military-to-military aspect of bilateral cooperation has been particularly robust, with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (AFRF) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) holding multiple exercises over the past decade, both in a bilateral format and in the format of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).”