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As Russia and China were staging their biggest joint maritime exercises in the history, RT correspondent Daniel Bushell was aboard the Russian flagship to take the action in first hand.
Chinese and Russian commanders coordinating the drills, which have been dubbed ‘Joint Sea 2015 II,’ described it as an “unprecedented show of military cooperation,” according to Bushell.
China has reportedly received advanced versions of both the helicopter and the air-defense system from Russia, becoming the first state in the world authorized to buy the S-400 air defense system, the next generation up from the S-300, RT’s correspondent reports.
The fact that Russia has sold it most advanced weapons systems to China “reflects a unique trust from Russia that Beijing won’t pass its hi-tech on to third states,” as well as “an understanding it may need the People’s Liberation Army’s help with future mutual threats”.
The American establishment hates Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. For daring to challenge Washington’s authority, he’s been designated as the bad guy du jour. With Bin Laden and Saddam dead, many imagined that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un would inherit this role. However, unlike Al Qaeda, North Korea is too weak and insular to threaten the US directly. To preserve the military budget, which increased dramatically since 2001, they need an existential danger. Russia fits the bill.