Speaking Of Asia

Cold War 2.0's shifting sands

As Sino-Russian suspicions mount in the Arctic with the US casting a watchful eye, the world may be about to witness a reset of Washington-Moscow ties

With their three-decade tussle for leadership of the communist world - including a fateful clash on the Ussuri River in 1969 - a distant memory, Sino-Russian ties have shown remarkable advances in recent years.

The land border was settled in 1991, mutual troop reductions along the frontier followed and an arms trade began, highlighted by the landmark Chinese purchase of the Su-27 fighter that was denied at the time even to Warsaw Pact allies, who had access only to the less sophisticated MiG-29.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2020, with the headline 'Cold War 2.0's shifting sands'. Print Edition | Subscribe