Despite Economic Slowdown, Russia Still Banking on China Pivot

Despite Economic Slowdown, Russia Still Banking on China Pivot
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping observe a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat, Beijing, China, Sept. 3, 2015 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

When the collapse of the Chinese stock market signaled a slowdown in China’s breakneck pace of economic growth, one could easily identify a long list of countries already showing symptoms of suffering a cold from China’s sneeze. Within that list, one country stands out, one where the impact will have potentially significant geopolitical consequences: Russia. When it comes to Russia, China’s challenges will have global implications. The only question is how severe that impact will be. The Chinese slowdown, to be sure, creates new problems for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his plans to rely on stronger links with Beijing […]

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