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Introduction: Contemporary Sino-Russian Relations

James Bellacqua

in The Future of China-Russia Relations

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125633
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125633.003.0001
Introduction: Contemporary Sino-Russian Relations

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In April 1996, Russian president Boris Yeltsin and his Chinese counterpart, Jiang Zemin, signed documentation formally establishing a “strategic partnership” between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China (PRC). The formation of this partnership was the product of what Gilbert Rozman describes in this book as the “sustained upward trend” in bilateral relations and was symbolically significant in illustrating just how far these two nations had come in their ties with one another. China is clearly a rising power, while Russia appears to be gradually declining in terms of its interaction with the rest of the world. The closer ties between China and Russia have caused unease, both in the Asia-Pacific region and in Washington. This book is organized into five sections and contains chapters by a collection of authors. In line with this, an overview of the chapters included in the book is provided. Moreover, as the Sino-Russian strategic partnership evolves, it is important to keep in mind that this is not a relationship between equals.

Keywords: China; Russia; Sino-Russian partnership; PRC; Russian Federation; Boris Yeltsin; Jiang Zemin; Gilbert Rozman

Chapter.  3916 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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