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Russia, China conduct joint war games

Russian honor guards participated in the country’s war games at Tsugol training ground.

TSUGOL FIRING RANGE, Russia — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday attended Russia’s biggest-ever war games, which involved some 300,000 troops as well as a significant contingent of Chinese forces.

The weeklong Vostok 2018 maneuvers span Siberia and the Arctic and the Pacific oceans and showcase the military might of Russia and China at a time of simmering tensions with the United States.

Some 1,000 Russian aircraft and 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles are involved.

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China sent about 3,200 troops, 900 combat vehicles, and 30 aircraft to join the drills at a Siberian firing range, a deployment that reflects its shift toward a full-fledged military alliance with Russia.

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Putin emphasized that ‘‘Russia is a peaceful nation,’’ but noted that the country needs to strengthen its military capability.

ASSOCIATED PRESS