China’s growing coalition of revisionist allies
The nuclear arsenal of China’s coalition, consisting also of Russia and Pakistan, currently outnumbers the arsenals of all other nuclear-armed states.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured ahead of the APEC Summit on Nov. 9, 2014, with China's President Xi Jinping. Some power adversaries need to be satisfied, and some value enemies need to be reassured. Some costly campaigns, like the War on Terror, and the constant push to bomb Iran, need to shelved. This is a pressing policy need, as China has already sought to fracture the democratic coalition of states, and is itself also seeking to neutralize the alignment of states in Southeast Asia.
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