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A true turn to the East

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A true turn to the East

The war in Ukraine marked a lasting break in relations between Russia and Europe and accelerated the deepening of Russian-Chinese strategic collaboration. In Paris, Brussels and London they calm down regarding the failure of economic sanctions, imagining that Russia will pay for its aggression with greater dependence on Beijing. However, in Moscow the fear of vassalage is not at all pressing.

Russian-Chinese collaboration, presented as “limitless” during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing in February 2022[^1], is observed with particular attention in the West. When French President Emmanuel Macron declared in an interview with the newspaper L’Opinion that Russia “de facto initiated a form of vassalage with respect to China,” expressed the dominant point of view among…

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