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Economic Integration of China and Russia in the Post-Soviet Era

Richard Lotspeich

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/9780813125633.003.0005
Economic Integration of China and Russia in the Post-Soviet Era

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This chapter aims to add to the existing literature on the economic integration of China and Russia in the post-Soviet era. Features of geography, policy, and the historical relationship between the countries are briefly explored to show their influence on economic interactions. Throughout the chapter, perspective on the bilateral relationship is presented by comparing China's and Russia's relations with other countries. Integration through bilateral investment is much less developed than integration through trade, and data are much sketchier here, but some quantitative indicators are reviewed. The chapter starts by addressing the fundamental forces affecting integration of the Chinese and Russian economies. Policies that promote or hinder integration are considered. The chapter also deals with the assessment of quantitative measures of integration, considering in turn trade, investment, and labor movement. The chapter then assesses some particular features of integration in detail, including trade in energy and armaments, and the role of the border regions in economic integration. It is clear from this review of the evidence that the Chinese and Russian economies have become more integrated during the post-Soviet era.

Keywords: economic integration; China; Russia; bilateral relationship; geography; policy; trade; investment; labor movement; border regions

Chapter.  23756 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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