China and Russia – New Best Friends?

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On January 10, the Center held a discussion on China-Russia relations featuring Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Dimitri K. Simes, President of the Center for the National Interest. The two experts discussed their respective cover stories on the increasingly close ties between Beijing and Moscow in the January/February 2019 issue of The National Interest. Jacob Heilbrunn, the editor of the magazine, moderated.

Dr. Allison and Mr. Simes each argue separately that notwithstanding significant competing interests, longer-term tensions, and skepticism among many American officials and experts, Beijing and Moscow are moving closer to one another due to their shared grievances against the United States, with possibly serious consequences for U.S. foreign policy and national security.