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 …

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 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 …

One belt, one road, one Eurasia.

Written by Thomas F. Remington. Russian attitudes toward the ambitious “one belt, one road” project advanced by General Secretary Xi Jinping tend to fall into one of two camps. One group of strategists regards China’s ambitions with fear, the other with hope. The first decry the loss of Russian influence in Central Asia as China’s investment …

Are China and Russia swapping strategies in Central Asia?

Written by Peter Krasnopolsky. There is a common view that while China has developed a strong economic position in the post-Soviet Central Asia, Russia is still the main political player there. Recent developments, though, suggest the roles of the two major powers may have changed. China’s image in Central Asia is not favorable. A Kyrgyz saying …

Xi has created a Chinese Bloc that the UN climate talks in Paris cannot ignore

Written by Tom Harper. Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed the opening day of the Paris climate talks as leader of a nation more confident and assertive than it has been at any point since Mao declared it had “stood up” after a century of rebellion and invasion. The changing status is reflected in the hopes …

Why China joined the nuclear weapons club

Written by Nicola Leveringhaus. Once an outsider to global nuclear decision-making, China is now firmly an insider, a valued member of the nuclear community. How did this dramatic transition take place? Let’s start by casting our thoughts back to a time when China was a not a rising superpower and the world’s second largest economy, but …