- Armed rebellion in Russia poses a risk to China's closest partner against the West.
- Russian paramilitary group Wagner is pushing towards Moscow after seizing control of Russia's southern military headquarters.
- Chinese state media has limited coverage on the insurrection, while it is a trending topic on social media platforms.
- Xi Jinping has backed Vladimir Putin and their partnership, but Putin's weakened position could undermine Russia's defense against the West.
- The core of their alliance is hostility to Washington and its allies and what they see as an unfair and overbearing U.S.-led international order.
Russia Disarray Means a Moment of Uncertainty in China
The armed rebellion in Russia threatens China's closest partner against the West and Putin's weakened position could undermine Russia's defense against the West, raising uncertainty on the Russia-China alliance.