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A Sino-Russian Entente Again Threatens America

January 29, 2019
Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes

This is a summary of an article originally published by the Wall Street Journal with the subheading: "The U.S. must revise its policy toward Moscow if it is to meet the threat from a rising China."

The authors argue the "grand coalition of China and Russia," that Zbigniew Brzezinski called "the greatest long-term threat to U.S. interests," could soon be a "a geostrategic fact" as both countries are drawn closer together to meet a common "American threat." American experts have often downplayed the level of Sino-Russian cooperation, but a Russian official has already described their relationship as a "functional military alliance." Russia has not hesitated to sell China advanced technology or participate in mutual sharing of intelligence and research and development. 

The authors suggest that "if the defining challenge to U.S. national interests in the 21st century is a rising China, preventing the emergence of a Sino-Russian entente should be a key U.S. priority." U.S. actions "to punish Mr. Putin for his unacceptable behavior" have however pushed "Russia into an unnatural alliance with China."

To counter the risk of an emerging Sino-Russian entente the U.S. must "combine greater realism in recognizing the threat of a Beijing-Moscow alliance, and greater imagination in creating a coalition of nations to meet it."

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal. 


Dimitri Simes

Dimitri Simes is president and CEO of the Center for the National Interest.


Graham Allison

Graham Allison is the Douglas Dillon professor of Government at Harvard University and a member of Russia Matters' editorial board.

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