President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is in Beijing, meeting with Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, seeking to display their “no limits” partnership.
The two contrasting trips show how vastly the global political landscape has been redrawn by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and how that changed landscape is on full display in the war between Israel and Hamas, the group that controls Gaza.
Russia, China and Iran were already forming a new axis over Ukraine, one they have pursued diplomatically, economically, strategically and even ideologically. Russia relies on weapons from Iran and diplomatic support from China to fight in Ukraine.
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