What Happened: Chinese and Russian officials are planning to hold consultations over alleged U.S. involvement in protests in Moscow and Hong Kong, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, The Moscow Times reported Aug. 13.
Why It Matters: Both China and Russia have accused the United States of meddling in their respective domestic protests in Moscow and Hong Kong. Although the details of potential consultations between Beijing and Moscow on the issue remain unclear, it would provide another sign that both countries are seeking areas of cooperation amid heightened great power competition with the United States.
Background: Chinese officials recently claimed that protests in Hong Kong had characteristics akin to "color revolutions" — a wave of U.S.-backed, pro-Western revolutions in the former Soviet Union. Russia has also criticized the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for posting a map of an unauthorized rally held in the city on Aug. 3.
- Will Beijing Intervene in the Hong Kong Unrest? (Aug. 13, 2019)
- What the Protests in Russia Could Mean for the Kremlin (Aug. 1, 2019)
- The Ever-Shifting 'Strategic Triangle' Between Russia, China and the U.S. (June 7, 2019)