China in Qatar

Written by Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat. The use of soft power has become an important element of China’s foreign policy. In its pivot to the Gulf ,China has used soft-power resources to strengthen its foothold in the region. Qatar is a good case in point. Educational partnership is perhaps the most apparent element of Chinese soft-power initiatives around …

Did Western Sanctions Affect Sino-Russian Economic Ties?

Written by Alexander Gabuev. In the wake of Ukraine crisis, Russia hoped that closer ties to China would offset the negative impact of Western sanctions. To their surprise, Kremlin leaders have discovered that Western sanctions work in China too – despite Beijing’s official assurances that they don’t. As interviews with officials and bankers on both …

The Russian Far East and Heilongjiang in China’s Silk Road Economic Belt

Written by Gaye Christoffersen. China’s new Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) is Beijing’s latest vision on how to reorder China’s relations on its periphery. This vision includes Central Asia and Russia, and requires Moscow to actively support it and to integrate Putin’s vision for a Eurasian Union with the Silk Road project. Heilongjiang Province has its …

A Sino-Russian Alliance? Rationales and Realities

Written by Jingdong Yuan. Since the early 1990s when Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his Chinese counterpart Jiang Zemin first laid the foundation of a partnership between the former allies (1950s) and foes (1960s-1970s), Beijing and Moscow have gradually elevated the bilateral relationship to its current comprehensive strategic partnership. In 2001, the two countries also signed …

Russia and China: Competing or complementary priorities?

Written by Natasha Kuhrt. In Russia’s overall policy in the Asia-Pacific the tendency has been for an intensification of Sino-centrism in Russia’s Asia policy. However, in the latest iteration of the “Concept of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation”, approved by President Putin in 12 February 2013, the order of regional priority of the …

Cultural Statecraft in the Russian and Chinese Contexts

Written by Jeanne L. Wilson. In the last decade, the Russian and the Chinese leaderships have come to focus on cultural and civilizational factors as a component of both their domestic and foreign policy. Neither Russia nor China has a coherent sense of national identity; this is a work in progress. The abandonment of Marxism-Leninism in …

Chinese Perspectives on Events in Ukraine: Implications for Sino-Russian Relations

Written by Christopher Marsh. Much of the focus on Sino-Russian relations relates to the two nations’ economic, political, military, and social interactions. But there is more to the relationship than simple bi-lateral ties. There is a rather solid body of literature on the mutual perception of these two societies, dating back to the Soviet era. …

The Deepening Chinese-Russia Partnership: An American Security Dilemma.

Written by James C. Hsiung. Contrary to general impressions, China and Russia did not enter into an alliance right after the end of the Cold War. In fact, the two nations barely ended a 28-year split since the Maoist era and mended their relations in 1989.The relations would have remained placid, albeit normal, if not …

The One Belt-One Road Initiative’s Natural Gas Predicament: Pipelines vs LNG

Written by Ariel Cohen. The Chinese Communist Party leadership proposed the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative in the fall of 2013 to connect a number of economies in Eurasia and along the coasts of the Indian Ocean all the way to the Middle East together into a China-led economic zone. This area of economic …

Russian Dissatisfaction with China and Its Limits

Written by Gilbert Rozman. After a period of euphoria about Sino-Russian relations in 2014 and the first half of 2015, Russians have begun to express rather more sober judgments, if not direct criticism of China over the past 6 months. The massive investments once anticipated from China have failed to reach Russian companies. The link-up …