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Sino-Russian Military-Technical Cooperation: A Primer

China and Russia, both cited as long-term strategic competitors to the United States in the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy, have prioritized strengthening their bilateral defense relationship in recent years. This report examines a key aspect of Sino-Russian defense ties, military-technical cooperation (MTC), which includes arms sales, joint research and development of weapons systems, technology transfers, and sharing of technical knowledge. It concludes by offering policy recommendations for U.S. policymakers.

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Alec Blivas, "Sino-Russian Military-Technical Cooperation: A Primer," Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 18, 2020, last modified March 18, 2020,