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Russia launches biggest war games with China

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MOSCOW — Russia launched a massive military exercises in the far east of the country on Tuesday — also joined by China where hundreds of thousands troops swept across Siberia — a powerful show of burgeoning military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid their tensions with the US.

The drills will feature more than 1,000 aircraft, about 36,000 tanks and other military vehicles, 80 warships and support vessels.

The drills have been condemned by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Russia said the weeklong manoeuvrers, known as Vostok (East) 2018, would span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Ocean and involve almost a third of Russia’s million-strong military.

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According to Russia’s defence ministry, the exercise will continue till September 17 in Russia’s Eastern Military District.

Besides, China has also decided to send 3,200 members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to take part in the operations. The Chinese air force has also sent 24 helicopters and six jets belonging to the Russian air bases for the exercise.

According to CNN, NATO has said it will monitor the exercise closely as will the United States, which has a strong military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. It is likely to be watched attentively by Japan and North and South Korea.

In 1981, the erstwhile Soviet Union exhibited its show of force as it conducted similar war games that saw between 100,000 and 150,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers take part in Zapad-81 — the largest military exercises of the Soviet era.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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