May 25, 2014

Putin Thinks He's Pulled a Nixon. He Hasn't

David Blair, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

While in China, Mr Putin declared: “Our positions on the main international issues are similar – or even identical.” So this was not a man coming to Shanghai as a glorified gas salesman, but a Russian leader seeking his own version of a “Nixon in China” masterstroke. In the great game of “strategic triangulation” between America, Russia and China, Mr Putin thinks that he has brought two points together in a way that significantly weakens the third. But are these hopes remotely realistic?

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