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Opinion

Nicholas Burns

Mr. Xi goes to Moscow

When Richard Nixon went to China four decades ago, he changed the world. His opening to Mao’s communist regime created an unlikely US alliance with Beijing against Moscow that lasted until the end of the Soviet monolith itself in 1991.

Forty years later, is the balance among the three great powers changing once more? And, this time, are the Chinese and Russians teaming up to hem in the United States?

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