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Russia, China and India plan to conduct a new joint military exercise following the Russian-Chinese Peace Mission 2005 maneuvers
Russia, China and India plan to conduct a new joint military exercise following the Russian-Chinese Peace Mission 2005 maneuvers, a popular Russian daily reported Monday, citing a senior parliamentarian. Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote that Andrei Kokoshin, a former Secretary of the Russian Security Council and a current member of the lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, said the forthcoming exercise could be part of a Russia-China-India triangle and the increased activity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which comprises Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as permanent members, and includes India as an observer. Kokoshin said the exercise might focus on maintaining stability in Central Asia and ensuring the security of oil supplies via sea routes. A Russian general said the exercise could be conducted as early as in 2006. The structure of the Russia-China-India triangle is becoming more rigid. China has made the transition from its former policy of confrontation and, sometimes, bloody border clashes with its neighbors in the north and in the south to a policy of partnership. After all, the rapidly growing Chinese economy needs stability. Another sphere of mutual interest is the fight against international terrorism. Russia in the Caucasus, India in Kashmir, and China in Xinjiang have to deal with Islamic terrorists and extremists, whose main bases are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. China has abandoned its support for Pakistan in favor of establishing cooperation with India for this very reason. Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that in 1998 Russia's then premier, Yevgeny Primakov, proposed the idea of a strategic Russia-China-India triangle during a visit to New Delhi. At that time, many experts believed it was a utopian idea because existing antagonisms ran too deep. However, interstate relations are gradually changing and creating possibilities for military partnership as well. In addition, all three countries share the desire to counter the U.S. strategy of a unipolar world by creating their own center of power.
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