Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is in Beijing this week signing deals, meeting with leaders, and attending a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. A big ticket item on the agenda is a deal for Russisa to supply natural gas to China.
But beyond immediate deals is the overarching matter of big power politics. Russia is desirous of aligning China with its own efforts to marginalize America in the global arena. Moscow is asserting itself agains the United States as is China. However, China is still economically tied to America. Stratfor has this comment: