Xi Jinping and China’s Power Play With Russia

President Barack Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week on international issues like Ebola and terrorism, but things likely will get awkward if they discuss Beijing’s growing nuclear arsenal and increasingly cozy partnership with Russia.


Xi has aggressively asserted his government’s power at home and abroad since taking office in 2013, and is gaining a reputation as China’s most powerful leader in decades. The new president is expanding China’s military to challenge U.S. supremacy in the Pacific Ocean and trying to keep his country on track to become the world’s largest economy by the 2020s.


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