The recent 5,300-word joint statement from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin outlines an unprecedented cooperative vision for an international order shaped by the world’s two leading authoritarian powers. In a new era of “no limits” and “no ’forbidden’ areas of cooperation” for their partnership, China and Russia have agreed to expand collaboration around the world and in each other’s neighborhoods in ways that “are superior to the political and military alliance of the Cold War era.” This included potentially groundbreaking Chinese support for Russia’s position on NATO. Although the joint statement stopped short of calling the relationship an “alliance,” deepening China-Russia strategic alignment presents a tremendous challenge for the United States and its likeminded partners and allies.
Asia Society President and Former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd and former US National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley joined The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser to discuss the strategic implications of this new era of China-Russia relations for this edition of Atlantic Council Front Page, co-hosted with the Asia Society.
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The Hon. Kevin Rudd
Former Prime Minister of Australia;
President and CEO, Asia Society;
President, Asia Society Policy Institute;
Author of the forthcoming book, The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping’s China
Executive Vice Chair, Atlantic Council;
Former National Security Advisor to the
President of the United States;
Principal, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC
In conversation with
Susan B. Glasser
Staff Writer, The New Yorker
The Global China Hub researches and devises allied solutions to the global challenges posed by China’s rise, leveraging and amplifying the Atlantic Council’s work on China across its fifteen other programs and centers.