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Scholars have urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to abandon Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Xi has yet to do so. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)
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Analysis: Xi's pro-Russia stance rooted in fear of Gorbachev model

But if China's economy suffers from bond with Moscow, a power struggle awaits

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

Why is Chinese President Xi Jinping so tenacious in sticking to his Russia-friendly stance despite the carnage in Ukraine?

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