paper, Russia’s political system is an impressive reproduction of Western
representative democracy, while the Chinese system remains an unreconstructed
autocracy. The reality of the situation is much more complex, says Ivan
China’s steadily growing economic expansion throughout the world is a cause of concern for many governments. Eastern Europe and Central Eurasia are no longer so dependent on Moscow and China is quietly rolling out credit lines and investments in the region. Time to sit up and pay attention, says Michael Cecire
The Yellow Peril was a feature of life in Soviet times and the demographics on either side of the Russia-China border do little to convince the fearful that Siberia will not be colonised by the Chinese. This is unlikely, says Ben Judah, who has travelled in the region
Vladimir Putin’s attempts
to draw the countries of central Asia into his fledgling Eurasian Union creates
a dilemma for some of them: if they take up his offer, they might lose their
valuable trading links with China. Li Lifan and Raffaello Pantucci discuss their options.
Russia-watchers have long been interested in her place on the international arena. Now, with China at the centre of the growing power game, the question is how Russia will seek to position herself in the Pacific Century. Jonas Parello-Plesner considers some of the options.
How will Russia react
to China’s rapid ascent as a global power? Will it develop its eastern links to
spite the West, or join a USA led attempt to freeze Beijing out? Pavel Salin
argues that this is a simplistic view of things and that Moscow may choose a
Primorsky Territory is seven time zones away
from the capital and has the largest economy in the Russian Far East. There is justifiable irritation at Moscow’s
insistence on a one-size-fits-all model of government oriented towards Europe
and levels of frustration are forcing people to leave, says Olesya Gerasimenko.
relations with China have long been governed by need and fear, even when they
were supposedly linked by common ideology. Now China’s financial might
means it can offer seductive loans to its cash-light neighbour.
But Russia has so few specialist China-watchers to offer proper advice, says Alexander Gabuyev.
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