Saturday, April 13, 2013

Xi, Putin share bed, with their own dreams By M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times Online :: China News, China Business News, Taiwan and Hong Kong News and Business.
By M K Bhadrakumar 

The Chinese have a saying, "Dream different dreams while on the same bed" - meaning that even the closest partners are never alike in their minds. It is tempting to cast the China-Russia relationship in the spirit of the proverb. 

But then, if Chinese leader Xi Jinping's recent visit to Moscow in late March drew enormous attention it is for a variety of other reasons as well. This was Xi's first visit abroad as president and

there was great attention paid to his first steps, which might help draw conclusions about his political orientations.
Besides, Xi's visit to Russia took place against the backdrop of the United States' "rebalancing" policy. The strategic partnership with its great northern neighbor assumes high importance for China when its ties with Japan have become tense over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

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