The Sino-Russian strategic partnership – Views from Beijing and Moscow

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Authors
  1. Bjelakovic, N.
  2. Yeung, C.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
Two decades of improvement in relations have given strategic significance to the relationship between China and Russia. Taken together, their power projection capabilities are worrisome for adjacent nations in Central Asia and the Far East, especially when compounded by US regional policies. However, there remain doubts as to the exact nature and extent of the “strategic partnership” between the two giants. To determine whether their “strategic partnership” should be a cause for concern, the authors assess the views each one holds of the other, the consistency of those views over time, and how they have shaped their actual policies. The authors conclude that the relationship between Russia and China is not based on an equal “partnership” where cooperation is the norm. Instead, the relationship is akin to a zero-sum game where each attempts to outmatch the other in their respective quest for power and prestige.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2008-031 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2008
Number of Pages
52
DSTKIM No
CA031537
CANDIS No
530489
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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