The Taiwan Issue and the Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

Shelley Rigger

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 Taiwan Issue and the Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

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This chapter discusses China's expectations of Russia with regard to support on the Taiwan issue. In particular, it determines what the government of the People's Republic of China expects from Russia, vis-à-vis Taiwan, and to what extent Moscow's current policy and behavior meet those expectations. Beijing's expectations regarding Russia's Taiwan policy can be divided into five components. First, like all countries that wish to establish normal diplomatic ties with China, Russia must adopt a correct political and rhetorical approach to the Taiwan issue. Second, China expects Russia to adopt a correct relationship with Taiwan. Third, Beijing has revealed an expectation that Russia will support China's global strategic orientation. A fourth element of China's policy involves military cooperation. The chapter also argues that China has an interest in encouraging Russia to commit itself to intervene on China's behalf in the event of a Taiwan Strait conflict. In general, Russia's policy toward Taiwan incorporates much of what China has demanded.

Keywords: Sino-Russian Partnership; Beijing; Taiwan policy; Moscow; strategic orientation; military cooperation; PRC

Chapter.  8136 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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