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Sinostan and the Sino-Russian axis

First published: China Foresight Forum, LSE IDEAS, 07-04-2022

If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had resulted in a speedy victory, decapitation of the Kyiv government, and the establishment of a pro-Moscow puppet government, we can only wonder how different things might now be. In the event, things have not turned out as Vladimir Putin intended. Instability and unpredictability prevail, and not least for Russia and China, bound together to make the world safe for autocracy. They have pledged to exploit this moment, as they see it, of terminal decline in America’s global role, and in the system of law- and rule-based governance favoured by the west, defined to include liberal leaning democracies and supporters. Read on….