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Putin and Xi manifesto signals start of a new era

Moscow and Beijing's unity stems from mutual distrust of the U.S.

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Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Xi Jinping in Beijing on Feb. 4: China and Russia care about different things. (Handout photo from Kremlin)   © Reuters

James Crabtree is executive director of IISS-Asia in Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

Last week's summit between President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russia produced a remarkable document.

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