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China and Russia build anti-US 'axis,' but Moscow has concerns

The relationship between the two powers has huge implications for the world

China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, on June 10.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prior to World War II, Japan, Germany and Italy formed a coalition to challenge the established world order, which was largely controlled by Britain and the U.S. The Axis, as this coalition was called, was determined to change the status quo, eventually starting a world war against the Allied Powers and suffering a devastating defeat.

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