President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) annual summit in the Indian state of Goa, last October 15. Recent military moves ordered by US President Donald Trump bear implications for China’s claim to a larger place in a world long-dominated by America, and for Putin’s reassertion of Russian geopolitical weight. Photo: AFP

Trump’s missiles hold a message for China and Russia, but can the US stay the distance?

Simon Tay says US air strikes on Syria and naval muscle-flexing off North Korea are more a message for Putin and Xi than Assad and Kim, as well as a reminder that America still calls the global shots

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President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) annual summit in the Indian state of Goa, last October 15. Recent military moves ordered by US President Donald Trump bear implications for China’s claim to a larger place in a world long-dominated by America, and for Putin’s reassertion of Russian geopolitical weight. Photo: AFP
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