Axis of Convenience

Axis of Convenience

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by Bobo Lo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815753403

ISBN-13: 9780815753407

Pub. Date: 07/30/2008

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Few relationships have been as misunderstood as the "strategic partnership" between Russia and China. Official rhetoric portrays it as the very model of international cooperation: Moscow and Beijing claim that ties are closer and warmer than at any time in history. In reality, however, the picture is highly ambiguous. While both sides are committed to

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Few relationships have been as misunderstood as the "strategic partnership" between Russia and China. Official rhetoric portrays it as the very model of international cooperation: Moscow and Beijing claim that ties are closer and warmer than at any time in history. In reality, however, the picture is highly ambiguous. While both sides are committed to multifaceted engagement, cooperation is complicated by historical suspicions, cultural prejudices, geopolitical rivalries, and competing priorities. For Russia, China is at once the focus of a genuine convergence of interests and the greatest long-term threat to its national security. For China, Russia is a key supplier of energy and weapons, but is frequently dismissed as a self-important power whose rhetoric far outstrips its real influence. A xis of Convenience cuts through the mythmaking and examines the Sino-Russian partnership on its own merits. It steers between the overblown interpretation of an anti-Western (particularly, anti-American) alliance and the complacent assumption that past animosities and competing agendas must always divide the two nations. Their relationship reflects a new geopolitics, one that eschews formal alliances in favor of more flexible and opportunistic arrangements. Ultimately, it is an axis of convenience driven by cold-eyed perceptions of the national interest. In evaluating the current state and future prospects of the relationship, Bobo Lo assesses its impact on the evolving strategic environments in Central and East Asia. He also analyzes the global implications of rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing, focusing in particular on the geopolitics of energy and Russia-China-U.S. triangularism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815753407
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
07/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Cooperation, Ambiguity and Tension 1

2 The Burden of History 17

3 Strategic Partnership - Image and Reality 38

4 The "Yellow Peril" - Engagement in the Russian Far East 56

5 "Peaceful Rise" and the Shifting Sino-Russian Balance 73

6 Cooperation and Competition in Central Asia 91

7 East Asia - Arena of the Great Powers 115

8 The Geopolitics of Energy 132

9 The Grand Chessboard Revisited - Russia, China, and the United States 154

10 Conclusion - From "Strategic Partnership" to Strategic Tension 173

Notes 197

Index 267

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