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International relations

Russia flaunts China ties with massive Far East war games

Neighbors draw closer in face of US military and trade pressure

Russian servicemen march during a military parade in the Chechen capital Grozny, Russia, in May 2017.   © Reuters

MOSCOW/BEIJING -- Russia is gearing up to carry out its biggest war games in nearly four decades, inviting China to showcase their growing military cooperation amid the countries' increasing friction with the U.S.

The Vostok-2018 exercises, slated for Sept. 11-15 in the Russian Far East, will be the country's largest since Soviet-era games in 1981, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. They will take place in coastal areas like Sakhalin and Kamchatka, and likely extend into an area close to islands disputed by Moscow and Tokyo.

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