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Russia and China have pledged to strengthen their bilateral military and political ties as part of a strategic cooperation that challenges U.S. interests, especially to Washington’s stance on Middle East allies Syria and Iran.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu met Tuesday with Air Force General Xu Qiliang, deputy vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, and other regional military officials as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the eastern city of Qingdao. As increasingly powerful Russia and China built up their clout on the world stage, they sought a more united front against the U.S., which frequently challenged their rise.

Continue reading:  Russia, China Pledge New Military Ties, Challenge U.S.

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