Preface xiii are no easy policy solutions by which Washington can break apart the Russian- Chinese partnerships. Some developments and U.S. policies might eventually drive Moscow and Beijing apart, but the United States and its allies should prudently plan for this Sino-Russian alignment to persist for decades. The author would like to thank the Smith Richardson Foundation for providing funding for this project. He would also like to thank his colleagues and interns for the numerous insights they have offered over the years regard- ing the issues addressed in this book.
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