China and Russia have one binding cause—disdain for the international order established by the West.
It has also found, not surprisingly, a willing partner in Russia—whose residual influence in Central Asia and Eastern Europe makes it a key player in an integrated Eurasia. Both countries have one binding cause—disdain for the international order established by the West. With Russia currently on its side (although this is not a certainty over the long term), the Middle Kingdom is able to set the rules of trade, economic development and security in these regions. Its sizable influence in regional organizations like the SCO, the 16+ 1initiative and the AIIB also provide China the institutional leverage to achieve this.