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Russia and China won't be 'best friends forever'

Moscow's demands to NATO have been tough, but not coordinated with China

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at an event in Brazil in 2019. Shared antagonism toward the U.S. is a big part of the relationship between Moscow and Beijing.   © Getty Images

TOKYO -- Russia is often symbolized as a giant bear. Some see the nation as deeply cautious, never lowering its guard against the U.S., Europe and neighboring China, but with the potential to suddenly turn violent if threatened. The crisis over Ukraine is bolstering that image.

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