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THE CHINESE-RUSSIAN SOUTH CHINA SEA NAVAL EXERCISES: WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY DID IT MATTER?

From September 12 to 19, the Chinese and Russian navies conducted their largest ever bilateral combat exercises. “Joint Sea Exercise 2016” wasn’t just noteworthy for its size, but also its location: the South China Sea. In addition to having large swathes of its waters contested by Brunei, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, the South China Sea is also a flashpoint in Sino-American relations.

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