Russia and China have long been separated by countries such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia. As America is going to withdrawl from Afghanistan, numerous countries are going to contend to fill the power vacancy in Central Asia. Russia’s goal is to gain security cooperation with China through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and thus, overpower the influence of NATO in the area. Although both Russia and China have different goals- China wants to weaken America’s “overbearing strategy of encirclement and suffocation”, and Russia wants to maintain its political influence in Central Asia- the SCO may be beneficial to both countries. If Russia and China unite through this organization, they can work together to prevent U.S. missiles from being stationed there. Even though Russia’s economy is one-fourth that of China’s, it is in its best interest to “make friends with the big beasts”. Even though Russia and China have been frightened of the U.S. in the past, uniting may just be enough to curb that fear and gain lasting global influence.
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