A Marriage of Inconvenience: How a Lack of Russian Vigilance Might Prove to be Crippling for Moscow
Interest-based relationships are paving the road towards a new global reality. While many liberal democracies vie to conserve the 'enlightened' frameworks of the past, others have come to embrace realpolitik. The People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation, for instance, have welcomed the opportunity. The two powers, recognizing this political shift in the early 1990s, have striven to alleviate nationalist friction, understanding that a united front is more practical to surviving the precarious years to come. Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted his approval of the updated pragmatic global climate just last month, matter-of-factly declaring that a Russia-China military alliance is "quite possible to imagine."