With new Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the Kremlin, China and Russia relations are dramatically improving. Should the West be concerned?
Meet Xi Jinping. On March 14, he became the official President of the People’s Republic of China. The son of a communist veteran, Jinping has ridden the elevator to the top of the political food chain in China within a handful of years.
Last week, Jinping chose the city of Moscow as the destination for his first foreign visit as China’s new leader. As he told a group of reporters gathered in Moscow, his selection of the Kremlin as his first official trip abroad is a “testimony to the great importance China places on its relations with Russia.”
Indeed, China and Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, share a deeply strategic political and economic partnership. Their immediate goal is further economic integration and cooperation. Together, they compose a formidable foe against Washington’s often imperialistic foreign policy. Both nations have publicly disagreed with the West’s attempts to increase sanctions against Iran, Syria, and North Korea. The two countries have often stood together in defiance at the United Nations Security Council against measures they perceive to be part of a larger ‘Western agenda.’ [more...]