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Russia joined by China for biggest 'war games' since Soviet era

Russia joined by China for biggest 'war games' since Soviet era

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Agne Gaidyte, news reporterRussia has started its biggest "war games" since the end of the Soviet Union, which are said to involve almost 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 aircraft, 36,000 tanks and military vehicles, and dozens of warships.The huge week-long exercise, called Vostok 2018, is being held in eastern Siberia near the border with China, and also includes the Chinese army.Beijing is sending about 3,200 troops, 900 combat vehicles and 30 aircraft to join the drills at a firing range.It is being seen as a significant deployment that reflects its shift towards a full-fledged military alliance with Russia. Mongolia also has sent a military contingent.NATO has criticised the drills as a rehearsal for a "large-scale military conflict".The show of military power includes Russia's Iskande...