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News is that Putin is suggesting that a full on Russian-Chinese alliance might happen in the future if matters continue this way.  Doesn't sound like its pending soon, but I would expect that if this were to occur that more coordination on production and supply (Chinese equipment in Russian service and vice versa) would increase significantly.  The Chinese  can do production scales that the Russians cannot touch.  So, for example, in something of lesser importance like main battle tanks it might just be the case that Russia should grab a couple thousand off a Chinese production run rather than worry about their own.

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Russia and China will never have an alliance. In fact, Russia is already baulking at selling china its most advanced equipment, for reasons that a look at a map of the Chinese border make apparent. If we are worried about China going south, think how much it might worry Russia the thought of China going North.

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Some footage of the PLAN 35th escort group (thus the group assigned before the 36th posted recently) doing training in the Gulf of Aden in September. The three ships are Type 52D destroyer Taiyuan, Type 54A frigate Jingzhou, and Type 903A replenisher Chaohu.

 

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I am starting to think that it will eventually be China and Chinese who end up saying no to a Sino-Russian alliance. 

Putin and the Russians may be more trouble politically and economically than they are worth at this point.

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The only thing Russia and China have in common is that they dislike US/Western hegemony. They likely will reinforce each other in terms of antagonizing Western powers, but there will never be a a formal commitment or alliance. Nor will Russia ever buy significant amounts of Chinese equipment; part of the goal of Russian arms production is to promote its own industry and remain independent of foreign arms production. Buying Chinese equipment wouldn't solve the fundamental problem of Russia having financial limitations as too how much of its conventional and nuclear force it can recapitalize.

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