Cycle of politics

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As the new China rises and President Xi visits Russia as his first overseas visit aboard, the three main thrust of the visit is clearly highlighted by Scott W. Harold and Lowell Schwartz in this article in The Diplomat. I cannot help but remember this other picture when Stalin and Mao were calling each other comrades in their fight against the imperialists a couple of decades back. While both Putin and Xi are both wearing western business suits this time to signal a change of policy, the flow of politics seems to come back in a cycle when China and Russia are allies once again.

Given the closeness in geography and policy between the two countries, it is natural that they look to each other for mutual support against a disapproving west.

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