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“Pancakes, vodka, ice hockey and friendship medals.
If ever two leaders wanted the world to see their ‘bromance’, it’s Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
This week, in the far-flung east of Russia’s vast territorial empire, the two men met again, reaffirming their friendship and presiding over joint war games involving no less than 300,000 soldiers.
The biggest Russian drills since the Soviet Union are not just a projection of Mr Putin’s military might, but also a unified message to the West.
While sparsely-populated Mongolia is also taking part, it’s the presence of Chinese warships and aircraft attracting the most attention.
“We will continue to make joint efforts to consolidate our traditional friendship, enhance our comprehensive cooperation, and to push the China-Russia relationship to new heights,” Mr Xi said in Vladivostok, a Russian port city in the heart of north-east Asia.”
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