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Russia in the global balance

Better ties with Russia helps the US with its China challenge. It would also make it easier for some Asian powers like Japan and India to intensify ties with Moscow.

US President Joe Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet for the US-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2021.
US President Joe Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet for the US-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

Way back in July 1971, Mr Henry Kissinger, the national security adviser to US president Richard Nixon, travelled on a secret mission to Beijing after feigning illness during a visit to Pakistan. America's decision to play the so-called "China card" during the Cold War with the Soviet Union set the stage for transforming the US-China relationship, integrating communist China into the global economy, restructuring great power relations, and reshaping the Asian regional order.

Could a potential detente between the United States and Russia bring about something similar in world politics today?

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