With a firm handshake, the president’s of China and Russia have announced stronger ties.
Vladimir Putin’s hosting Xi Jinping in Vladivostok – as well as the Japanese and South Korean leaders – at the three 3 day Eastern Economic Forum. It aims to boost investment in the Far East region of Asia.
But Putin’s warning trade barriers are a threat to Asian economies – as the world’s top two economies, the US and China impose trade tarrifs on each other.
As the talks began – so did the largest war games by Chinese and Russian troops since the Soviet Union.
Three hundred thousand troops, thirty six thousand tanks and armoured vehicles and a thousand warplanes and ships are all on parade in Siberia.
Are they building an alliance?
And what does the US and its allies think?
Presenter: Hoda Abdel-Hamid
Pavel Felgenhauer – Russian military analyst
Michael Kovrig – International Crisis Group
Michael Purcell – Center for Global Interests
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