Xi’s Bet on Putin to Counter US Risks Leaving China Isolated

“Xi seems to feel it’s very important to have Russia as a strategic counterweight to the US, both diplomatically and militarily,” said Julian G. Ku, a professor of constitutional law at Hofstra University, who studies China and international law. “But if Putin is unseated, or if Russia is dramatically weakened, this undercuts Xi’s basic foreign policy strategy of aggressively asserting China’s interests against the US and other countries.”

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