Elaine Byrne: A global realignment is happening before our eyes as China ensnares Russia in its power game

The Sino-Russia relationship, with Russia the subservient partner, is united by the belief that a strong autocracy is a bulwark against a decadent democracy

Russian president Vladimir Putin with Chinese president Xi Jinping. The Sino-Russian relationship is united by the belief that a strong autocracy trumps a declining liberal democratic order. Picture: Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images