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China Muscles Onto NATO’s Turf, Roiling Alliance Frayed by Trump

  • Serbia’s purchase of Chinese drones a move to NATO’s doorstep
  • U.S. readiness to confront China isn’t embraced by others
Chinese servicemen at a seeing-off ceremony for Russia's and China's warships taking part in the Naval Cooperation 2017, joint Russian-Chinese military exercise in the Sea of Japan.

Chinese servicemen at a seeing-off ceremony for Russia's and China's warships taking part in the Naval Cooperation 2017, joint Russian-Chinese military exercise in the Sea of Japan.

Photographer: Yuri Smityuk/TASS via Getty Images

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On an overcast morning last month, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic arrived at a military airport near Belgrade to pose with six Chinese-made attack drones.

“They have a long range, they can shoot at targets from a distance of nine kilometers and record the terrain, objects of interest to Serbia deep within enemy territory,” Vucic said standing alongside Serbian troops clad in berets and face masks to protect against Covid-19.