The real progress in building partnership is far weaker than Moscow and Beijing try to demonstrate, but this is worrisome news for their East Asian neighbors.
Despite soft-balancing by the United States and its pivot to Asia, China is likely to continue its expansionist policies in the South China Sea.
The international system is changing. Observers have expressed that ‘the world is spinning out of control’ and that we appear to be returning to a multipolar system. Rather what appears on the horizon is a completely different international system: one of different international orders.