Seeing Red Over Russia, US May Cozy Up to China

Beijing may draw closer to DC: FT
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 2:23 PM CDT
Seeing Red Over Russia, US May Cozy Up to China
If Russia, led by president Dmitry Medvedev, continues to plead the case of independence for two regions in Georgia, China could be the real winner.   (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

Moscow may physically stand in between Beijing and Washington, but Russia’s aggressive behavior could bring the US and China closer together, Geoff Dyer argues in the Financial Times. The Kremlin’s interference in Georgia has Washington seething, and “a low-level confrontation in Georgia that pits Russia against the US helps China’s short-term interests rather well,” writes Dyer.

Upon taking office, President Bush vowed to get tough with China but has since been distracted by the war on terror. If his focus on Islamic extremism wanes, the Kremlin could seize his attention again away from Beijing. “If Russia ramps up the pressure much further, it could actually push China closer to the US,” Dyer concludes. (More China stories.)

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