>Anyone got any thoughts what Russia is bringing to the collaboration?
The Chinese are planning to launch Chang'e 6, 7 and 8 landers to the Moon's south pole performing preparatory steps for the robotic lunar station: explore the Moon for natural resources and test utilizing them.
The Russians are planning to send Luna 25 and 27 landers to the Moon's south pole and Luna 26 polar orbiter to study the potential use of lunar natural resources.
The Chinese and Russian landers will work in the same region of the Moon and the missions have similar scientific goals.
While the letter of the memorandum is about the future joint lunar base, the spirit of it is about not interfering and where possible cooperating when researching the Moon's south pole for natural resources in the forthcoming missions.
This is in addition to the existing agreements on cooperation between Chang'e7 and Luna 25 missions and on cooperation to share lunar research data ("on cooperation in the creation of a joint data center for the exploration of the Moon and deep space").
>Let alone all the scope for delays, endlessly-changing plans and corruption which have eaten the Russian space programme alive and left it a sad, shell of its previous glories.
Not in the last place due to incompetent, militarist mentality top management under international sanctions, I should add.