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Playing Games With the Russian Military

Tolga Ozyurtcu
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Sep 17, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Venezuelan soldiers sit next to their Chinese counterparts during the opening ceremonies for the portion of the International Army Games held in China's Hubei province.

This photo taken on July 30, 2017 shows Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) personnel taking part in the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 in Guangshui in China's central Hubei province. Armed forces teams from Iran, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Venezuela and host China are participating in the games taking place in Xinjiang, Jilin and Hubei provinces marking the 90th anniversary of China's People's Liberation Army.

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Scene: As dusk settles over China's Xinjiang autonomous region, a Venezuelan tank commander consults with a technical adviser from the People's Liberation Army. Meanwhile, in Belarus, a contingent of Philippine army snipers squares off with squads from Morocco, Serbia and Myanmar. This is not the premise of the latest installment of...

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