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China, Russia have ‘no choice’ but to strengthen strategic and military ties in face of G7 and Nato, observer says

Nato on Monday said China presented “systemic challenges” to the rules-based international order – highlighting military cooperation with Russia as a concern – and that Russia’s actions constituted a “threat” to Euro-Atlantic security.

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Nato on Monday said China presented “systemic challenges” to the rules-based international order – highlighting military cooperation with Russia as a concern – and that Russia ’s actions constituted a “threat” to Euro-Atlantic security.

Moscow and Beijing , both facing confrontation from the West, are likely to strengthen their alliance regardless of the outcome of a US-Russia summit, observers say. US President Joe Biden is expected to raise contentious issues with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when they meet in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating relationship between the Kremlin and the West. China and Russia, meanwhile, have “no choice” but to move closer, especially after the G7 and Nato leaders took a

when they meet in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating relationship between the Kremlin and the West.China and Russia, meanwhile, have “no choice” but to move closer, especially after the G7 and Nato leaders took a tough line on the two countries this week, according to one observer.

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Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team.Nato on Monday saidto the rules-based international order – highlighting military cooperation with Russia as a concern – and that Russia’s actions constituted a “threat” to Euro-Atlantic security.

Ahead of the talks,Putintold NBC News in an interview aired on Saturday that the US-Russia relationship had “deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years”.Biden said before the summit that the US wanted stable and predictable relations with Russia and was “not seeking conflict”, but would “respond in a robust and meaningful way” if Moscow engaged in harmful activities. headtopics.com

Putin also said there had beenattempts to destroy the relationshipbetween Russia and China but ties were at an “unprecedentedly high level”.Biden is expected to raise issues including cyberattacks, aggression towards Ukraine and arms control during the talks with Putin, but observers say they are unlikely to make much progress.

Shi Yinhong, an international relations professor at Renmin University in Beijing, said Nato and the G7 had caused more antagonism between the US and Russia with their communiques and the Geneva talks would do little to change that.Story continues“Biden wants to reiterate the hardline posture of the US when he goes to Geneva,” Shi said, adding that arms control would be a focus after the two sides

limiting nuclear weapons.“Perhaps they will talk about measures to prevent the deterioration of arms control.”Shi said tensions with the West could lead to a stronger alliance between Russia and China. “In the current climate, China and Russia have no choice but to strengthen their strategic, military and diplomatic cooperation,” he said.

Joe Biden, as US vice-president, meets Vladimir Putin, then Russia’s prime minister, in Moscow in 2011. Expectations are low for the Geneva talks. Photo: AP Read more: Yahoo Singapore »

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