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Is it just an arms race or a new ‘Cold War’?


March 16, 2018
By Francisco Tatad

IN just a few days Vladimir Putin is expected to be reelected President of the Russian Federation for another six years. This is not quite like President Xi Jinping becoming one-man ruler of 1.3 billion Chinese without any term limits, but with US President Donald Trump caught in domestic crisis, Putin and Xi stand out as the two most powerful men in the world. Xi does not have to do much to keep his place. But Putin does, and in his March 1 state of the union address, he made some spectacular revelations about Russia’s new weapons system that, in his words, no one else possesses and renders useless all existing and prospective defense systems.
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