Xi Jinping Goes to Russia

Xi Jinping’s trip to Moscow earlier this week, his first journey abroad as China’s new Head of State, has raised interesting questions about China’s ambitions in Asia, and coupled with Washington’s “pivot to Asia” is resurrecting the specter of a strategic standoff between Southern and Northern Asia around the world’s two leading superpowers. How realistic is this vision? In today’s show, we try our best to find out.

Joining Kaiser Kuo for this discussion are two longstanding followers of Chinese foreign policy: Ananth Krishnan, who reports for The Hindu, and Jane Perlez, who works as the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for The New York Times. We are also delighted to have Jeremy Goldkorn back in the studio again this week following his month-long trip to the Southern Hemisphere for some fresh air.