With global attention on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many in the United States and among its allies seek to understand the nature and extent of the ties between China and Russia. At the Putin-Xi summit on the eve of the Winter Olympics, China explicitly backed Russia’s security concerns over further NATO expansion in Eastern Europe; since then the Foreign Ministry has tried to strike a balance between its traditional principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty and blaming the west, particularly the United States, for creating the situation that led to the war. A lasting China-Russia strategic alignment could challenge U.S. political, ideological, and security interests and the U.S.-led global order.

Yun Sun discusses the state of Sino-Russian relations and its potential impact on the U.S.-China relationship in an interview conducted on February 8, 2022, and followed up with a second interview on the most recent developments on March 7, 2022.

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