Russia and China were frenemies during the Cold War, but in recent years they have been driven closer together in what has been described as the “best synergy on the planet.” What may have started as a marriage of convenience is now turning into a real military-economic alliance.
The advantages for Russia’s pivot east are obvious, but what is in it for the Chinese? I talked to professor Jia Qingguo, the dean of the school of international studies at Peking University to try and get a handle on what the Chinese want from this increasingly warm relation.
Ben Aris, editor-in-chief of bne IntelliNews
Professor Jia Qingguo, Dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University