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Russia's potential subordination to China poses threat

Worries mount that Moscow could grow more moody, provocative

Western sanctions targeting everything from Russia's banks to the nation's key energy sector could push President Vladimir Putin ever closer to Beijing. (Source photos by AP) 

TOKYO -- Russia has been hit hard by Western sanctions in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, sparking fears the nation will grow increasingly dependent on China.

With the U.S. and many European countries apparently ready to target all aspects of Russia's economy to pile pressure on President Vladimir Putin, the world order could shift as a weakened Moscow moves ever closer to Beijing.

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