Opinion today: A Moscow-Beijing alliance?
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Western countries spend much of their energies fretting about relations with Russia. But could these countries be making a big mistake by ignoring the anti-western alliance forming between Moscow and Beijing? As Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, puts it, a “natural non-convergence of interest” could bring the two countries together.
Jamil Anderlini argues in his latest column that it is both wrong and dangerous to think that Russia and China can never be friends. Although their economic ties are significant, the military relationship is even more so. The strongest ties, however, are personal: presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are both autocratic strongmen who are distrustful of representative democracies. The US and its allies should consider the threat that a strong Sino-Russian alliance would pose to the current world order.
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