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Aug 21, 2018 | 16:21 GMT

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China, Russia: Beijing to Participate in Major Military Exercises

What Happened: China will send troops to participate in Russia's largest military exercises since 1981, dubbed Vostok 2018, Xinhua reported Aug. 21.

Why It Matters: China and Russia, two of the world's major powers, have continued to increase their strategic alignment on multiple fronts in recent years.

Background: China and Russia perceive the United States and its NATO allies to be a challenge to their rise, particularly because NATO has recently conducted similar exercises aimed at Russia.

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