Strategic embrace

Print edition : April 05, 2013

Chinese President Hu Jintao leads Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) to the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS

The Su-35. The sale of the Amur-1650 submarine and the Su-35 marks a turnaround in Russia's China arms export policy. Photo: AP

Putin announced his own pivot to Asia by hosting a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Vladivostok on September 9, 2012. Photo: ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP

The Kozmino oil-loading port in the Bay of Kozmino, east of Vladivostok. Russia hopes to benefit from China's insatiable thirst for energy. Photo: REUTERS

Strategic ties between Russia and China, driven by economic and geopolitical compulsions, are growing apace, prompting some analysts to warn of greater risks for Russia.
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