Five reasons why the growing Russia-China strategic partnership presents an existential threat to the US

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Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping met Thursday in Uzbekistan during the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a sort of Asian version of NATO. Amid devastating setbacks on the battlefield, the Russian president prioritized the trip to see his Chinese counterpart in a meeting the Kremlin described as “quite a significant nature, for obvious reasons.” 

The rendezvous follows a seven-day joint strategic war-game, “Vostok-2022,” in which Russia and China practiced aviation and naval drills in the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk. 

Individually, these countries, both of whom the Pentagon has designated as America’s near-peer competitors, present a formidable threat to the homeland. In combination, the threat multiplies.

Here are five reasons why the Russia-China strategic tandem poses an existential threat to the U.S.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Alexandr Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

1. Both regimes have masterminded long-range strategies to destabilize American society through espionage, covert influence operations, subversion and election interference. Whether it is Confucius Institutes indoctrinating American students or deep cover

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