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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang as US action movie actor Steven Seagal looks on at Russia's first Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Friday. Photo: AFP

China backs Putin’s idea of developing Russia’s run-down Far East, says it dovetails with 'north-east rebirth' strategy

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said on Saturday that Russia’s push to revamp its run-down Far East region coincided with Beijing’s strategy, backing President Vladimir Putin’s drive for new sources of growth.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How China will rebuild its People's Liberation Army

INFOGRAPHIC: How China will rebuild its People's Liberation Army

China is considering various proposals to overhaul the world’s biggest army, transforming it from a Soviet-era force into a Western-style power. Under one plan, the navy and the air force will have the same status as the army, and a national guard will replace the People’s Armed Police. Here, we look at that plan.

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Right Field: Nick Kyrgios' life lessons - Aussie larrikin must conquer his own demons

Beware tennis; the scourge of the unreconstructed larrikins is now upon us. An unabashedly shameful lot, they also seem to be embracing the steady drip of opprobrium. Got it? Good, then maybe you can explain it all to me because it seems that some members of the media blessed with a penchant for grandiose verbosity are confusing those of us lacking in similar gifts.


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