Beijing and Moscow haven’t always seen eye to eye. But, assisted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s belligerence, they are putting aside old suspicions and finding new opportunities for cooperation.
The vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean is a case in point. Among the most significant practical achievements of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia this month was the launch of a joint venture to build a fleet of ice-breaking tankers. The signatories involved the Chinese shipping conglomerate Cosco; a Russian counterpart, Sovcomflot; Novatek, a Russian energy group; and Beijing’s Silk Road Fund. […]