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What Is At Stake For The United States In The Sino-Russian Friendship Treaty?

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The new Treaty on Good-Neighborly Relations, Friendship, and Cooperation signed by Russia and China on July 16, 2001, was immediately discounted by the Bush administration as merely a reaffirmation of the long-standing positions of the two countries. Indeed, the two countries have a long record of opposition to U.S. plans to deploy missile defense, of joint statements against “American hegemony,” and coordination of actions on the international scene, in particular at the United Nations. Russian and especially Chinese comments have also been rather low-key, emphasizing that the treaty achieved little but to summarize and reaffirm all previously made joint statements and declarations. [...]

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Senior Fellow
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation