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    Moscow and Beijing share a strategic partnership and the West cannot drive a wedge between the two powers.

    After years of the "disastrous foreign and defense policies" by Washington, the world now sees power vacuums and Europe is no longer an important player in the global geopolitical arena, Norman Bailey, an author and President of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, wrote in a piece for Asia Times.

    According to the author, there are three remaining superpowers today: the United States, Russia and China.

    Over the recent years, Russia has significantly bolstered its global influence and defensive capabilities.

    Moscow has "turned the Black Sea into a Russian lake, implanted defensive and offensive missiles in the Kaliningrad enclave which effectively turns the Baltic Sea into another Russian lake, and established a major presence in the Eastern Mediterranean with naval and air bases on the Syrian coast," the article read.

    The author underscored that at the same time the West has not been able to come up with a firm response to the growing Russian influence.

    Bailey also drew parallels between Russia and China’s global policies.

    In addition to the rising military presence, Moscow has increased its political influence, including turning certain Eastern European players from the West. At the same time, China has detached the Philippines from the alliance with the US.

    Furthermore, Russia and China have strategically important alliances, with Iran and North Korea respectively.

    Bailey concluded that now the West is unable to ruin the partnership that has recently emerged between Moscow and Beijing.

    "There is little chance of playing one expanding power off against the other because at least for the time being, and their expansionary plans and actions do not conflict with each other. Indeed they can be expected to collaborate in detaching chunks of the former Western spheres of military, political and economic influence," the article read.

    In a recent interview with Japanese media, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia and China has truly friendly ties and a partnership in many key directions.

    Currently, the Sino-Russian relations have reached their pinnacle, according to Wan Xianju, a research fellow and the department for Eurasian development studies, at the Chinese State Council’s Research Center.

    "Putin’s remark corresponds with the current state of Russian-Chinese ties. Currently, our relations are in the best period of their history. Year by year our relations are developing and making progress. In June, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on strengthening global strategic stability. This proves that the Sino-Russian ties are an important factor in maintaining global security and stability," Wan Xianju told Sputnik Chinese.

    He also noted that while the US and the European Union have had a policy of sanctions against Russia, China has long insisted that it would never join this policy.

    Over the recent years, financial and trade relations between Moscow and Beijing have been stable, despite a drop in global crude prices and difficulties in the Russian economy.

    Wan Xianju’s comments were echoed by Qi Wenhai, an expert of the Center for Russian Studies at the University of Heilongjiang.

    According to him, at their current stage, relations between Russia and China are an "example of relations between powers of a new kind and can’t not be compared to relations between other countries."

    "Our relations have long been evolving and finally they are free from ideological contradictions and have transformed into a comprehensive strategic partnership. The scope of Sino-Russian relations is permanently expanding. Russia is the only China’s comprehensive strategic partner.  Moscow and Beijing have a common approach to defense and a number of global issues," Qi Wenhai said.

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