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Originally posted by BillHicksRules
As a matter of interest do you know how connected to Philby and Angleton, Golitsyn was?
Indeed, the idea of holding the exercises came from the Russian side. And the importance with which the Kremlin regards them was reflected in the fact that Baluyevsky's first trip abroad after taking up his current position in July was to finalize them.
In Beijing, the Russian general said developing a strategic cooperative partnership with China was one of Russia's priorities. He told his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie during a meeting Thursday Russia was willing to work with China to strengthen bilateral ties, the official China Daily reported.
The exercises would be on a considerably larger scale than simple anti-terrorist coordination. They would reportedly involve the Russian and Chinese armies, navies and air forces as well as submarines. Russia would dispatch an airborne company, long-range aircraft and frontline fighters, a marine unit and a group of warships of the Pacific Fleet.
Sources say, Russia and China have formally joined hands to stop expanding American and European military as well as economic global influences.
The strategic partnership can be very significant in providing a combined counter effect to the only Super Power of the world - America.
The partnership between China and Russia actually started last year just after the start of the Iraq war. The two countries came close to each other in terms of supporting each other. Russia now provides significant amount of China's energy needs. China now provides financial guarantee and loan to Russia without announcing the same explicitly.
Russian and Chinese military are having secret joint sessions to create the strategy of self defense in case of any invasion from other countries.