In May it was reported that the month's planned meeting of the Russian-Chinese Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation had been postponed again (to the tall). The Russians said that they had just changed their chairman. The Chinese blamed the delay on the need to revise existing contracts (in which case the delay was a means to pressure the Russians). A Russian newspaper suggested that the real reason for the postponement was a substantial reduction in military-technical cooperation between the two countries. The Chinese are apparently demanding improvements to the Russian weapons they have recently bought, citing problems in recent naval missile tests (a Moskit from a Sovremenny-class destroyer and a Klub-S from an improved Kilo-class submarine). Russian sources claimed that these two failures were being used by the Chinese to force concessions from the Russians.
World Naval Developments: Russian Arms Exports Shrink
By Norman Friedman, Ph.D.