Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic: China and Russia Grow Even Closer

Xi Jinping’s appearance at Vladimir Putin’s side at the Victory Parade in Moscow signifies a deepened relationship based on a common adversary: the United States.

On Saturday, Russia staged a grand celebration in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s defeat Nazi Germany in World War Two. The occasion—which featured a military procession through Red Square—did not include the leaders of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, who declined to attend out of protest of Russia’s interference in Ukraine. But of the 30 or so world leaders who did arrive, only one had the privilege of sitting beside Russian leader Vladimir Putin: Chinese president Xi Jinping.

As Russia’s relationship with the United States and its European allies grows worse, its ties to China have never been closer. On the eve of the parade last Friday, the two countries announced 32 separate bilateral agreements, including a non-aggression pledge in cyber warfare. The deals complement a $400 billion deal made last May, when Russia agreed to ship 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year between 2018 and 2048 to China. And next week, Russian and Chinese naval vessels will conduct live drills in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

More News On The Growing Russia - China Ties

China and Russia Strengthen Alliance -- Washington Free Beacon
China Voices Need to Restructure World Order - Russian Defense Ministry -- Sputnik
China, Russia vow to promote military ties -- Xinhua
No Strings Attached: Russia, China Forge Ties Yet No Military Alliance -- Spuntik
Xi and Putin—a Camaraderie of Convenience -- Andrew Browne, WSJ
The Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon Are Standing Together against America -- Tom Rogan, NRO
Russia’s partnership with China: An alliance of necessity -- Asia Times editorial
China and Russia Deepen Ties; A Signal To The U.S.? -- Althea Serad, China Topix

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