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WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Troops Will Travel to Russia to Participate in Joint Military Exercises

Chinese troops will travel to Russia to participate in joint military exercises from 30 August to 5 September. The Vostok (East) exercises will also include soldiers from Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and — notably — India(REUTERS)

The Sri Lankan government unexpectedly reversed its decision to refuse the Chinese survey vessel Yuan Wang 5 permission to dock at Hambantota Port on Tuesday. Last week, the government acceded to demands from India that the ship not be allowed to dock but then changed its position on Saturday. China’s Yuan Wang vessels are reportedly operated by the Strategic Support Force of the People’s Liberation Army. This one will reportedly conduct space and satellite tracking from the Indian Ocean.(REUTERS)

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