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China and Russia close ranks as Trump's trade war intensifies

Moscow and Beijing cooperation poses hard questions for US

| China
Xi and Putin have had more than 30 meetings since they came to office.   © Reuters

As the U.S. and China continue along what appears to be an unavoidable collision course, an emerging question is whether another party will intervene in this rapidly developing contest -- and what role it will play.

A decade ago it appeared possible that the EU might be that third force, but it finds itself in institutional disarray. The most likely nation to take up this role is now Russia.

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