The Ever-Shifting 'Strategic Triangle' Between Russia, China and the U.S.
Jun 7, 2019 | 05:30 GMT
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- Russia and China are on a trajectory to increase ties across the economic, energy and security realms, but this path is by no means set.
- The evolving relationship between Russia and China will inherently be shaped by each country's links to — and contention with — the United States as part of a "strategic triangle" of relations.
- As China rises in terms of its relative economic and military power, Russia and the United States could eventually seek a strategic rapprochement to constrain Beijing's ascension.
- However, any alignment between the United States and Russia would be limited to specific shared interests and could ultimately shift again with prevailing geopolitical conditions.