Asia-Pacific Digest: Sino-Russian trade and Vietnam’s arms market

Sochi hosted the Russia-ASEAN summit on May 19-20.

Sochi hosted the Russia-ASEAN summit on May 19-20.

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Articles and features about Russia efforts to increase its economic engagement with Southeast Asia, the Southern Kurils dispute, and potential competition for Russia in the Vietnamese arms market were among the Asia-Pacific highlights on

Russia to rule Vietnam arms market despite US entry

Vietnam’s professional military is closely integrated with Russian defense hardware and systems, making it difficult for a third country to crack the market.

Target $200 bln: Russia, China explore ways to stimulate trade

Russia and China have reiterated their intention to reach a bilateral trade target of $200 billion by 2020. At a conference in Moscow, leading experts and members of the business community of both countries discussed ways to overcome barriers to greater Sino-Russian bilateral trade.

Russia steps with economic engagement with Southeast Asia

Since ASEAN has always been a predominantly economic alliance, the foreign trade dimension plays the key role in Russia’s relations with Southeast Asia.

Russia will not “beg” for a peace treaty with Japan - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister rules out ceding Southern Kurils.

DPRK ballistic missile launch would be violation of UN resolutions- Russia

May 31, 2016 INTERFAX
Deputy foreign minister comments on a potential North Korean missile launch.

Russian Defense Ministry reconstructing Kuril airfield

June 1, 2016 INTERFAX
The airfield is on the uninhabited volcanic island of Matua.

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