REPORTING on big international summits is often an exercise in drudgery. what does exercise mean here?

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Exercise here means an operation, activity or action. There are a couple related phrases "Exercise in X" such as:

Exercise in futility - The activity is likely to fail.

Exercise in drudgery - The activity will be dull, boring, etc.

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