A common thread seems to be linking China's aggressive military modernization, espionage in Russia and theft in Libya. Senior U.S. officials say some of Libya's top Russian-made SA-24 light, man-portable air defense systems (Manpads) are missing. Russian investigators, meanwhile, have charged a Chinese national with trying to buy classified data about the Russian-made, long-range, high-altitude, SA-20 heavy anti-aircraft system. “There are ringing indicators that some Manpads—type ...

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