Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Russia and China share grievances and wariness about what they believe to be excessive Western — and particularly U.S. — influence in world affairs.Credit: The Kremlin Presidential Press and Information Office, Creative Commons On March 22, the United States, the European Union, Britain, and Canada jointly imposed sanctions on Chinese officials involved in intensifying human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. Shortly thereafter, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urged Washington to “halt unilateral bullying, stop meddling in other countries’ domestic affairs, and stop forming small circles to seek bloc confrontation.” This statement was but the most recent example of the Sino-Russian relationship’s strong momentum. In September 2018, China participated in Russia’s annual Vostok military exercise for the first time. In December 2019, the two countries opened a pipeline that is scheduled to deliver 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China annually by 2024. And, last month, they agreed to build a new lunar station. Observers have used a wide array of phrases to characterize relations between Beijing and Moscow, among them “FaustianSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.