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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