Russia: March 18, 2005

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For months, Russian and Chinese officers have been planning joint military exercises to be held this Fall. This is all part of the Russian effort to sell more weapons to China, and show the world that China and Russia are on good terms. An enterprising journalist misinterpreted this to mean that Russia was preparing to help China retake Taiwan by force. While Russia supports Chinese efforts to regain control of Taiwan (it would be undiplomatic not to, plus, Russia has its own problems with separatism), it has not intention of getting involved in a war over it. Never did, never will. 

 

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