At the end of August, the Russian navy
conducted its own war games near Alaska,
involving dozens of ships and aircraft,
the largest such drill in these northern
seas since Soviet times.
Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai
Yevmenov, said 50 warships and 40
aircraft took part in the Bering Sea
exercise, which involved multiple
practice missile launches. Said the
admiral: "We are holding such massive
drills there for the first time ever."
As Trump rebuilt the U.S. military,
Vladimir Putin reciprocated.
And, last week, Putin had a pointed
warning for any nation that meddles in
Belarus. With Alexander Lukashenko, the
Belarusian autocrat facing huge and
hostile demonstrations demanding he
resign, Putin put out word that outside
intervention to effect Lukashenko's
removal could cause Russian special
forces to intervene.
The fall of Lukashenko from power, after
25 years ruling Belarus, could lead to a
crisis as NATO allies Lithuania and
Poland both border on the former Soviet
republic of 9.5 million people.
in late August, on the other side of the
world, China conducted a huge naval
exercise in the South and East China
seas and Taiwan Strait.
After an American U-2 overflew its
ships during the exercise, Beijing
denounced the "naked provocation" and
test-fired four ballistic missiles into
the South China Sea. Two of those
missiles have been described as "carrier
killers." They are said to have been
developed to attack aircraft carriers
such as the 100,000-ton vessels that
serve as the backbone of the fleets the
U.S. Navy deploys in these same waters.