Disparities limit the scope for a Sino–Russian strategic accord

Power bloc at the Beijing APEC summit in November 2014: Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in discussion, left while Peng Liyuan, wife of President Xi, engages Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Tom Lairson, Rollins College and Ilan Alon, University of Agder

Does the geopolitical relationship between China and Russia portend a major shift in global relations? Many observers focus on the similarities in these nations as the basis for expectations of a deepening relationship. But, despite some commonalities, Russia and China are unlikely to develop more than a tactical and limited relationship. Read more…

China and Russia step up cooperation in Central Asia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and foreign ministers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan talk before a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, 3 June 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Uma Purushothaman, Observer Research Foundation

The growing Sino–Russian partnership is evidence that the Western policy of isolating Russia has failed. The policy has only served to push Russia deeper into Chinese arms. Russia and China are planning to increase their engagement in Central Asia and will coordinate their policies in the former Soviet territories in Eurasia. Read more…

Finding common ground in major-power politics

Although China and Russia seem to be moving towards closer relations, it would be unwise to believe in an inevitable or natural alliance between these two nations against the US. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Huiyun Feng, DIIS

2015 is an eventful year for major-power politics. The European Union (EU) and China just held their fifth round of strategic dialogue talks. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. German Chancellor Angela Merkel just visited visit Moscow in early May. And the US–China Summit will be held in September in Washington. Read more…

Russia looks beyond China to avoid a shaky Asian pivot

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang embrace after the cooperation signing ceremony between Russia and Vietnam at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam on Tuesday 12 November 2013. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Artyom Lukin, FEFU

Facing trouble on its western borders, Russia is pinning its hopes on the East. Moscow has initiated its own Asian pivot, making efforts to cultivate political allies and economic partners in Asia.

This eastward drive has been in the making for quite a while. Read more…

A year of relative stability for Central Asian regimes

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov inspect an honor guard before their meeting at the Kuksaroi Presidential Residence in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 10 December 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Dr Kirill Nourzhanov, ANU

By local standards, 2014 was a reasonably successful year for the leaders of Central Asian countries. There were no revolutions, insurgencies or mass protests threatening their grip on power. Incumbent heads of state carried out regime maintenance in their customary manner: focusing primarily on managing the inner circle of the ruling elite. Read more…

Putin supports Xi’s new diplomatic strategy to put China centre stage

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting held at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing, on Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Rebecca Fabrizi, ANU

China is working to make the international order suit its interests better and put China front and centre in global affairs. Xi Jinping’s new diplomatic focus on multilateral diplomacy includes giving new profile to existing arrangements where China can lead, such as the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). He is also pushing his own initiatives, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, while pursuing economic reform and military modernisation. Read more…

The future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) speaks with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (R) after visiting an exhibition of innovative technologies at the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow, Russia, 14 October 2014.  (Photo: AAP).

Author: Swagata Saha, Observer Research Foundation

China recently reaffirmed that it backs India and Pakistan becoming members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). At the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of SCO on 12 September, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for full membership for SCO observers, including India and Pakistan. Read more…