Article originally appeared on amac.us.
Following Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, most of the focus has been on the personal relationship between the two autocrats and what it means for the West. But perhaps an equally important relationship is the decades-old bond between Xi Jinping and his Chinese Communist Party allies and the Russian Communist Party.
In order to understand the significance of this bond, it is important to first understand the historical context of the relationship between Russia and China and the record of cooperation between the Russian and Chinese communists.
After the ban of the Soviet Communist Party in 1991, disgruntled former Soviet officials revived it under the name of the “Communist Party of the Soviet Federation.” While the name of the party had changed, its Marxist-Leninist political philosophy did not.
That organization became today’s Russian …
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