Overshadowed by China

Leszek Buszynski

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:
Overshadowed by China

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This chapter provides a discussion on the Chinese and Russian interests on the Korean Peninsula. It begins by presenting the notion of a strategic partnership. Beyond the Korean Peninsula, China revealed a marked disinterest in Russian regional concerns, and the strategic partnership was largely irrelevant. The chapter then deals with the rising China. A rising China presents new challenges for Russia and the strategic partnership they have formed. Not only has China overshadowed Russia on the Korean Peninsula but it has emerged as key player in regional bodies in the Asia-Pacific, where Russia has been struggling to make its voice heard. Despite the anticipated vicissitudes, the strategic partnership between Russia and China is likely to survive, for it is too important for both nations to cast aside. In sustaining this relationship both sides have been motivated by a concern for border security and the stability of outlying areas such as Central Asia. In addition, China's needs for Russian energy will increase and Russia's share of China's oil imports is expected to rise well beyond the current 10 percent.

Keywords: strategic partnership; Russia; China; Korean Peninsula; border security; oil imports

Chapter.  10264 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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