Russia is tilting toward China in the face of political and economic pressure from the United States and Europe. This does not presage a new Sino-Russian bloc, but the epoch of post-communist Russia’s integration with the West is over.
China recognizes the complex historical dimensions of the situation in Crimea and remains committed to a diplomatic solution that considers the interests of all parties involved.
The BRICS Bank, the AIIB, and the Silk Road Fund are structured similarly to existing international financial institutions and will do much to help developing countries grow.
In the past year, Beijing has become more diplomatically engaged with Afghanistan, raising the potential for China to play a helpful role in Afghanistan’s future economic and security prospects.
The United States and China don’t agree on every issue. But in the past, the two countries have found ways to deal with their disagreements without obstructing progress in areas of common interest.