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Cold War tensions existed not only between the Soviet Union and the West, but also between the Soviet Union and China. The Soviet Union had an almost schizophrenic fear that the Chinese would invade. The area near Charyn Canyon is very close to the Chinese border, and during the Soviet era it was one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. Nowadays, Soviet-era pillboxes that once housed machine guns remain, and are testimony to the Soviet fear of a Chinese invasion. Visitors to Charyn Canyon will see many of these abandoned pillboxes on many of the hillsides.

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2012
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