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China and Russia, targets at G-7 summit, draw closer to fend off West

By David Pierson and Chris Buckley

23 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Beijing is "increasingly alarmed that the Western bloc backing Ukraine is entrenching itself in China’s neighborhood." That may mean China will double down on relations with Russia, reports the NYT.

When Russian troops poured into Ukraine over a year ago, many experts foresaw a strategic windfall for China, with the United States distracted again by a war far from Asia. Now Beijing is increasingly alarmed that the Western bloc backing Ukraine is entrenching itself in China’s neighborhood.

The leaders of the Group of 7 nations last weekend pledged more support for Ukraine and angered Beijing by challenging its claims to the South China Sea, vowing to resist economic coercion, and pressing China on human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. Days after, Moscow and Beijing are reinforcing their relationship by holding security and trade talks, with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin of Russia leading a delegation of business tycoons on a visit to China.

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