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Old 10-07-2011, 12:03 PM
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STOCKHOLM - China's dependence on Russia for arms and energy imports has declined and Moscow's position when dealing with Beijing has weakened as a result, a Swedish think tank said.

"Decreasing dependence on Russian arms exports and a growing number of alternative energy suppliers mean that China has taken the upper hand in the relationship," the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report released Oct. 3.

The chinese aim was to get what technology they could and use it for domestic weapons.
The russians knew that but had to play along in the 90s due to lack of money.
They imported whole aircraft and ships in the 90s (Flanker, Kilo class, Sovremeny destroyers) and switched to components (missiles, aircraft engines, radars) in the 2000s, now they're probably switching to design solutions within components.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:14 PM
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Oh well... I guess Russia had to do what they had to do when they hit rough times..They had a bunch of useless 30 year old crappy soviet military stuff sitting around rusting and China offered to buy it up.. So they sold it to keep their economy afloat...
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