FAST FIVE: The Possible Limits Of China-Russia Cooperation
China even recently claimed that Vladivostok, the most prominent city in Russia's Far East, is historically Chinese territory.
China and Russia's profoundly different cultures might also help to limit a bilateral honeymoon.
Chinese investors have already leased large swathes of land in Russia's Far Eastern realms.
China appears to favor procurement of technically advanced products from the West rather than from its Eurasian ally.
Moscow, it seems, decided to deliver the system to China's regional arch-rival India instead.