Two events in mid-September highlighted the growing strategic collaboration between Russia and China. First, Russia held the largest military maneuvers since 1981 at the height of the Cold War, with first-ever full participation by the Peoples Liberation Army, and then at the same time Russia hosted the fourth annual Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, which showcased the growing economic ties between Russia and China.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 14-15 is intended to boost productivity, productive employment and scientific and technological advancement for countries all over the world. Some 110 countries will be represented, including 28 heads of state, and over 60 international organizations. Originally dubbed the New Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative is projected to equal some 20 Marshall Plans for the mutual, “win-win” benefit of all participants.