The Chinese-Russian bilateral relationship is better than at many points in the past, but it remains superficial.
- Doug Bandow
- The National Interest
Russian president Vladimir Putin left his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to journey to Beijing.
The former’s destination: a forum on China’s infamous Belt and Road initiative, where Putin announced the approval of a toll road tying Belarus to Kazakhstan.
The more important objective, though, for the Russian leader was meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping.
The former lauded Belt and Road “an extremely important initiative” and…