China-Russia relationship key to the emerging world order
Article in The Australian by Dr Bobo Lo
In an anarchic world, the relationship between China and Russia has emerged as the model of a modern strategic partnership.
The personal dynamic between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin is the warmest between any two world leaders. Bilateral co-operation is expanding, buttressed by several high-profile energy and arms deals. Beijing and Moscow are united in condemning US unilateralism and Western liberal interventionism. And they appear to hold near-identical views on international issues ranging from Ukraine through Syria to the South China Sea.
Such is the impression of Sino-Russian harmony that many in the West have come to view their partnership as an alliance in all but name, and as an existential threat to the US-led global order. Yet this narrative, while plausible, is misleading. Behind the gladhanding, there are important differences in perceptions and interests between Beijing and Moscow. This is no authoritarian entente but a relationship of strategic convenience shaped by individual national priorities that sometimes converge but at other times do not.
Read the full article on The Australian website.
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