China is cozying up to Russia, and Trump's trade wars are the reason.
"Washington is fighting a trade war with China and imposing mounting sanctions on Russia. The Trump administration has reoriented the U.S. national security strategy toward "great-power competition" with Russia and China, describing both countries as seeking to "shape a world antithetical to U.S. values and interests."
China's mounting tensions with Washington have raised the value -- in Beijing's eyes -- of Russia's military technology and experience, analysts say. For Putin, Western sanctions are making China's economic might more attractive as he searches for new allies.
Feng Yujun, director of the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said the geopolitical aims of the two countries do not coincide. China is trying to integrate itself into the established international order and promote globalization, he said, while Russia is not willing to obey the established order.
"Russia is facing many difficulties. Its relationship with Western countries is deteriorating, and its economy is under heavy sanctions," he said in a phone interview. "So Russia hopes to ease the pressure on it with the help of China, to gain political and economic benefits on the other hand."
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Tuesday that it would partner with a prominent Russian oligarch and the Russian sovereign wealth fund to expand into Russia.
"This year has been a remarkable year for China-Russia relations," a columnist for the People's Daily wrote, noting that Putin had just visited Beijing and that Xi had awarded his counterpart China's first "friendship medal."
excerpts... the article is worth perusing; use an incognito window if blocked.
like: "But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis played down the prospects."
SO it's, Alfred E. Mattis saying, "What, me worry?".