Russia’s emerging relationship with China

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his first official summit with European Union members on Monday with the ongoing crisis in Syria at the top of the list. But that is not his only meeting this week. Putin is set to meet with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in China this week.

Increasingly at odds with Western leaders, Putin is turning his eye toward strengthening his relationship with China. Of particular interest for Russia is the potential benefit to be gained through increased trade with its Asian neighbor.

As intriguing as the warming relationship between the two powers may be, some experts contend past and present differences will remain a challenge to  the burgeoning alliance.

Dmitry Babich, an expert with the official RIA-Novosti news agency, tells the Christian Science Monitor, “Russia and China have lots of differences and problems in their relationship; the surface appearance that things are going so well between them just now is a clear indication that our European policy is facing failure.”

 

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