Could the Russo-Ukrainian war be the wedge used by the USA to pull China away from Russia? As the democratic bloc rallies together to confront Russia who will predictably escalate to its own downfall, the diplomatic and economic Risks of China’s pseudo fence sitting increase. While cheap Russian commodities are nice, the infrastructure to reorient Russia will take a decade to construct. Access to the democratic bloc’s markets and technology is more valuable in achieving their increasingly strained ambitious economic goals. Once Russia finishes escalating itself into a corner, might the Chinese then be pressured by the democratic blocc with both the carrot and stick to turn on Russia? I’ve heard many fellow high ranking officers of the 101st chairborn speculate that at some point Russia would need to be romanced away from China as part of the great power competition but perhaps the former strategy is the current play?