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What is Putin worth to China?

By Michael Schuman

26 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Chinese leader Xi Jinping's partnership with Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin is seen as a gamble, particularly in light of recent internal unrest in Russia.

This weekend’s tumultuous events showed just how big a gamble the Chinese leader Xi Jinping took by partnering with Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin survived the rebellion that Yevgeny Prigozhin and his private army unleashed on Saturday. Perhaps Putin’s hold on power was never in great peril. Yet whether the incident is perceived as a mark of Putin’s weakness or of his resilience, it painted a picture of a Russia in deep decline, where a warlord can march on Moscow practically unchallenged, and where political fortunes can be unpredictable and even volatile.

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