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China and Russia’s long dance

By Philip Snow

28 Apr 2023 · 18 min read

Editor's Note

History shows that Sino-Russian ties depend on balance; with China ascending and Russia struggling, is their bond at risk? Philip Snow delivers a captivating long read in Project Syndicate.

HONG KONG – Since around the start of this century, Chinese leaders visiting Moscow and Russian leaders visiting Beijing have spared few superlatives. Sino-Russian relations, they have proclaimed, have entered “their best period ever,” soared to “unparalleled heights,” and attained an unprecedentedly “high level of mutual trust.”

Such claims tell us something about the Sino-Russian relationship as it is today. But to understand how it evolved to this point, and how it might change in the future, we must examine the past, starting with the two powers’ first encounters in the seventeenth century.

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