Xi-Putin Meeting Hints at Some Limits to Ties

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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping's first overseas trip since early 2020 shows his priorities: neighboring Central Asia and Russia.

  • China is giving Russia an outlet, and revenues, for its oil and gas supplies as Western buyers retreat, accentuating Moscow's status as junior partner in the relationship.

  • But China, like Russia, has expansionist views — for which it may need Russia's support.

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Sanctions, Oil Trade, Gas Pipelines, Gas Supply, Ukraine Crisis
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