The world of international geopolitics is a bit like a classic game of Risk, only the stakes are infinitely higher. Today, we look to the bear at the table, Russia, as it grapples with its own game pieces. It’s a tale as old as ‘The Hunt for Red October,’ minus the submarine warfare.

Picture this, a shadowy paramilitary force, the Wagner Group, revolting, creating a rift in Russian internal politics, and Putin’s seemingly solid stronghold begins to waver.

Now, what does this mean for the dragon quietly observing from the sidelines – China?

In this global chess match, any instability in Russia’s political regime can potentially be an opportunity for China. As Admiral McRaven would probably tell you, “In Special Ops, we look for opportunities in the most unexpected situations.” It’s no different on the geopolitical stage.