in: The National Interest, Issue 126
America's conventional wisdom virtually dismisses the possibility of a global realignment set in motion by China and Russia, which feel threatened by American and European policies and by having to function in the world's Western-made system. True enough, much stands in the way of a genuine Chinese-Russian alliance. Nevertheless, Chinese and Russian leaders will measure these very important differences against fundamental interests that Beijing and Moscow have in common. Accordingly, they are highly sensitive to outside influence in their political systems. And make no mistake, what US and European politicians consider noble efforts to promote freedom and democracy look like hostile efforts at regime change to Chinese and Russian leaders. Thus, US foreign policy should pay more attention to the benefits of working with Russia and China and taking into account their fundamental interests. Obviously, US leaders must stand their ground on matters of national concern. But more cooperation should be on their minds. Adapted from the source document.