What deals, if any, have been struck between China and Russia on the making of a new world order and what is the coincidence that in the space of a few months, China has tested the will of the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific and Russia has done the same in Europe? If so, there may be some silver lining. On the surface, Russia and China appear to have much common ground. In the Cold War, they were bound by the communist ideal, and now by an impatience to manage the decline of the United States. But historically, they don’t get on. Mao felt humiliated by Stalin and conned over the Korean War. The Soviet Union was never big enough to make-up, thus leading to Richard Nixon’s 1972 world-changing visit to China. The trick now would be to coax the attention of Moscow and Beijing away from prosperous Europe and trade-focussed East Asia toward the less valuable terrain of Central Asia. This could be achieved by making each feel secure among Western democracies and suspicious of each other. Anyone doubting the worth of this strategy, should recall Soviet-backed Vietnam’s 1978 intervention into Chinese-sponsored Cambodia, followed by China’s abortive 1979 retribution against Vietnam.