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"No nation has friends, only interests."--Charles DeGaulle

When the cranky French nationalist and imperialist is right, he's right. Russia and China have been driven by the policies of the US Empire into an entente, as you accurately describe it, out of mutual self-interest and self-defense. Had it not been for those policies, Russia would have been strengthening ties with Europe, particularly Germany, not China. The Nordstream pipeline alone is proof enough of that, which is exactly why the US destroyed it.

As the first NATO Secretary-General, Pug Ismay, said, "The mission of NATO is to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down."

As far as the imperial managers in Washington are concerned, nothing has changed.

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