Shunned by the West, Russia turns to China

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping rose to power in 2012, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met 25 times, and no fewer than five times last year alone, a record for both leaders.
Since Chinese President Xi Jinping rose to power in 2012, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met 25 times, and no fewer than five times last year alone, a record for both leaders.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

But while military ties strong, it is yet to see economic gains from relationship

His timing is impeccable: Just as the leaders of the G-7 most industrialised states gather in Canada for their yearly summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives today in China for a state visit.

And his message is equally unmistakable: He sees blossoming links between Russia and China as the alternative, and even as the antidote, to the G-7 and the Western domination that the group stands for in the Russian leader's thinking.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2018, with the headline 'Shunned by the West, Russia turns to China'. Print Edition | Subscribe