Editorial: Could a Chinese chill loosen Putin’s grip on absolute power?
With his war in Ukraine going badly, the last thing the Russian president needs is to incur the displeasure of his powerful opposite number Xi Jinping
The leaders of Russia and China declared at a summit earlier this year that their countries had entered into a relationship with “no limits”. For Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, the moment was presumably meant to herald a beautiful friendship between two authoritarian powers that had often been at loggerheads during the Cold War and its aftermath.
A few days later, after the Winter Olympics in Beijing, Putin invaded Ukraine. Since then, China has maintained ...