China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics

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Russia’s relationship with China has strengthened in recent years following Moscow’s escalating tensions with the West after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. On this edition of River to River , Ben Kieffer talks with geopolitical scholar Sharyl Cross about the changing world order. "Both Moscow and Beijing share the position that they oppose what they perceive as U.S. hegemony in the international system. They believe that the United States needs to have a counterweight in terms of influencing the international community," says Cross. "So I would say the difference lies in the fact that the Chinese are more cautious. They seek perhaps a gradual transition of the Western order that would more appropriately reflect their preferences and their interests....

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