If China and Russia were to fight over Central Asia, who would win? A Russian military analyst says it would be China, in a walkover.
The analyst, Aleksandr Khramchikhin, starts by enumerating the various military forces arrayed in and around Central Asia, including those of Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan. The forces of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are modest, but Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan "have no military forces worth the name," writes Dmitry Gorenburg in his blog post on Khramchikhin's article.
Russia's Central Operational Strategic Command has a single tank brigade, while its Chinese counterpart, the Lanzhou military region, has two tank divisions (a division usually contains two to four brigades). There is a similar imbalance in the other types of units:
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