The Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

Gilbert Rozman

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:
The Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

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This chapter looks at the overall state of play between China and Russia, and offers the author's thoughts on where he believes the relationship is headed. It also deals with the energy in the context of strategic geopolitical relations. The Sino-Soviet dispute reached its full intensity in 1966–1976, and there has been a sustained upward trend in relations between Beijing and Moscow in the three decades since. Snapshots of ties in 1976–1978, 1986–1988, 1996–1998, and 2006–2008 show continuous improvement, even if momentum was at times interrupted by a succession of barriers. Each of these decades saw barriers limit rapid improvement in bilateral ties, but also some success in removing existing serious impediments. The chapter starts by addressing the unevenness in the Sino-Russian strategic partnership. It also discusses the domestic change and national identities, as well as the great power realignment in Asia. The chances are greater that Russia will reconsider its expanding partnership with China than vice versa. After all, China is becoming the dominant force in the relationship and its priority of recovering Taiwan gives it a prime objective other than multipolarity.

Keywords: Sino-Russian partnership; China; Russia; power realignment; Taiwan

Chapter.  9097 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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