Just 20 days before [Russia’s invasion of Ukraine]…, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a statement that said their cooperation had “no limits… no forbidden zones.”
“Russia and China are making common cause to better defend their respective interests and their authoritarian systems from Western pressure,” said Daniel Russel, a former Obama administration official handling Asia issues, at the time.
Shortly after that, Putin announced new Russian oil and gas deals with China worth an estimated $117.5 billion. Both countries have also increasingly been conducting this trade in their national currencies. […]
Article Source: www.gatestoneinstitute.org
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