"An axis, but no alliance"



Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand

How close is the bond between the two really?

(Photo: via REUTERS)

Ms. Godehardt, how important is the meeting between Xi Jinping and Wladimir Putin?
Surely had Putin great expectations of the meeting. in advance has Russia China has pledged support on the Taiwan question. Putin wants to make it clear that both states are on a common front.

Do that? Is the Beijing-Moscow axis strengthening?
I don't expect Russian expectations to be played back one-to-one by Xi Jinping. There is the Beijing-Moscow axis, but this is not an alliance in which the partners will automatically support each other on all political issues. It's a pragmatic alliance.

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