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|Other Titles:||The Impact of Strategic Triangle Politics on the Russo-Chinese Relations|
Sino-Russian Relations;Russia;China;USA;Strategic Triangle Politics
|Issue Date:||2008-12-11 10:20:06 (UTC+8)|
The purpose of this study is to explore the dynamics and constraints of Russian policy toward China during the period immediately after the Soviet Union's collapse. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union,the Sino-Russian relationship has undergone a transformation from a marriageof convenience to a strategic partnership. This change has come about in many respects because of changes that occurred within the co-relationship ofstrategic triangle politics.In the early 1990s, the Russian foreign policy establishment was wedded to the idea that Russia's future lay in establishing firm bonds to the West. The Atlanticists, who controlled the establishment, turned their backs on Asia. By the mid-1990s, however, it became obvious that the Russia's salvation would not be found entirely in the West. The enlargement of NATO eastward and the Sino-US dispute over Taiwan issue paved the way for strategic cooperation between Russian and China. This development provided the opening that the other major faction within the foreign policy establishment, the Eurasianists, needed to coopt the foreign policy agenda. The Eurasianists, whose major proponents include Minister of Foreign Affairs Primakov, argue that Russia needs a more balanced foreign policy and that significant benefits, especially in this time of trouble and reform, can be found in the east, in Asia. Therefore, the preconditions for strategic cooperation already exist in Sino- Russian relations. Simultaneously, strategic cooperation also presupposes a mutual resistance of the allied countries to a third force or coalition of forces, threatening their national security. In this regard, the West could be fill the role as the "great threat" of the future.
|Appears in Collections:||[Graduate Institute of Russian Studies] Periodical Articles|
[Issue 81] Journal Articles
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