May 16, 2024

Why Growing China-Russia Military Ties Worry the West

Source: Financial Times

Journalists: Kathrin Hille, Max Seddon

Beyond technology, Russia's importance as a supplier for Beijing would increase significantly if China fought a war over Taiwan, according to Andrea Kendall-Taylor, director of the transatlantic security programme at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think-tank.

Overland shipments of energy, food and military goods from Russia could greatly blunt the effect of a U.S. naval blockade on China.

Russia would probably not fight alongside China but take a similar stance to Beijing‘s on Ukraine, offering political support as well as economic and military resources to help it withstand U.S. pressure, Kendall-Taylor added.

She said that given how the war in Ukraine has played out, “Russia's going to look very hard for ways in which it can aid China's effort military without being directly involved in the war in an effort to maximize cost for the U.S.

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  • Andrea Kendall-Taylor

    Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program

    Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS. She works on national security challenges facing the United States and Eur...