China’s Russia Support Strategy

February 22, 2024

“China has gained enormously — Putin is dependent on China and Russia is dependent on China and China’s goodwill,” said Daniel Fried, former assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and now a fellow at the Atlantic Council. That dependency has rendered Russia “a captive junior partner increasingly willing to directly collaborate with Beijing,” said Elbridge Colby, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development in the Trump administration.


Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition.