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For evidence of this relationship between the the two entities just look at the early support for the Chinese Communist Party by the Russian Communist and the spread of Communism into North Korea and Vietnam. The spread of Communism into these countries was backed with the support of both countries.

It wasn't always as smooth as you suggest? Russia backed Vietnam when China attempted to punish them for their attacks on the Khmer Rouge. When all the smoke cleared the Chinese got a bloody nose and decided they needed to modernize their military forces. The Chinese military today is vastly more professional and well equipped than the peasant human waves they started out with.

Meanwhile the victorious Russian military that took Berlin in 1945 is long past the glory days. The quality is so low that some Russian Oligarch billionaires built their own mercenary forces to dabble in places such as Syria, Libya and others. Results were not great with many of them flown back to Russia in body bags (Vietnam style?) and quietly buried in graves with only the family there as they didn't want the unwashed masses to know how awful they were.


Russia’s Mercenary Collision in Syria
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