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Despite Wariness, China-Russia Relations Warming

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

They share a border running 4,300 kilometers, but have long been divided by mistrust.

However, if the past several months are any indication, China and Russia are enjoying a distinct warming in relations. A historic oil deal in June and a major joint military exercise in July are the clearest signs of a deepening partnership. Analysts say suspicions are likely to linger, along with outright competition in Central Asia. But economic and geopolitical considerations -- including the urge to counterbalance the United States -- are bringing the countries increasingly in line.

In March, a mere eight days after he was installed as China's new president, Xi Jinping visited Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has increasingly turned his country away from the West since returning to the Kremlin in 2012, signed on to a slew of bilateral agreements. He declared that relations between the countries were "the best in their history." Some analysts said the Russian leader was enjoying the images of aligning himself with an economically booming and increasingly assertive power.

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Despite Wariness, China-Russia Relations Warming

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