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    Bear and Dragon: Russia, China to Intensify Joint Military Drills in 2016

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    Russia and China will hold "many more" military drills in 2016 than last year.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of international military exercises between Russia and China will be increased in 2016, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

    “We assess the level of Russian-Chinese contacts on both the government and military levels as high. This year we will hold many more exercises and events than last year,” Shoigu said during a meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan in Moscow.

    Shoigu said military exercises would be held on the ground and at sea.

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