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Russia, the leading arms supplier to Southeast Asia, is also promising COVID-19 vaccines and pushing other cooperation.   © Illustration by Takahiro Suganuma
Asia Insight

Guns and jabs: Russia courts ASEAN caught between US and China

Arms sales and COVID vaccines help Moscow punch above economic weight

DIMITRI SIMES JR., Contributing writer | Russia & Caucasus

MOSCOW -- On a tour of Russia last month, the leader of Myanmar's military regime met top defense and arms industry officials, visited a shipyard and helicopter factory, and dressed up in academic regalia to receive an "honorary professorship" from the Defense Ministry.

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