What Russia and China are signalling with massive war games

Over the coming weeks, both Nato and Russia will launch a series of super-high-end war games. These games are hardly for fun - rather, they are deadly serious practice sessions for hundreds of thousands of soldiers, thousands of combat aircraft, and flotillas of combat ships.

While no one will die (other than by accident, a not uncommon occurrence in such exercises), the messages going back and forth are crystal clear: We are prepared for war.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2018, with the headline 'What Russia and China are signalling with massive war games'. Print Edition | Subscribe