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China can use Russia to build a new international order

Xi's plans have entered a sharper competitive phase

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Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Xi Jinping in Beijing on Feb. 4: Xi was setting the context for how his priorities can form the heart of the relationship. (Handout photo from Kremlin Press Office)   © Reuters

Alessio Patalano is professor of war and strategy in East Asia at King's College London and senior fellow at Policy Exchange.

Russia's Ukraine invasion is the most severe military crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War, something akin to a European 9/11 in terms of the sharp awakening it has delivered regarding the role of hard power in contemporary statecraft.

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