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International relations

Russia pulls China closer with ties in space exploration and energy

Beijing-Moscow strategic links could raise US hackles

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping walk down the stairs as they arrive for the BRICS summit in Brasil in 2019. China and Russia hold regular talks over bilateral space cooperation.   © Reuters

MOSCOW/BEIJING -- Russia is beefing up its strategic partnership with China by embarking on ambitious projects in areas such as space exploration, resource development and military support.

Closer links between Moscow and Beijing could change the global geopolitical landscape in a significant way by creating a new, larger, hostile rival to the U.S.

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