Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China and Russia's Awkward Romance

November 15, 2018
Jonathan Hillman
This is a summary of an article originally published by The Washington Post.

The author writes that Washington's economic measures against Russia and China could be the very thing to hasten the "anti-Western authoritarian partnership" between the two nations. Even as the two draw closer, the question of asymmetry remains in China's economic and demographic strength over Russia. Additionally, "Russia's paranoia about foreign powers approaching its borders will not vanish overnight.” The author suggests that the U.S. should highlight the risks of China's infrastructure projects to Russia and also update its trade policy "[t]o take the air out of Xi and Putin's globalization tale." Diplomacy, too, should be engaged. Rather than choosing between the two, the author advises the U.S. "to work selectively with both sides" and "reestablish itself as a natural wedge between Russia and China" as opposed to becoming the "bridge that unites them.”

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

Author

Jonathan Hillman

Jonathan Hillman is the director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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