Strategic Partners : Russian-Chinese Relations in the Post-Soviet Era
Russia's foreign policy experience in the first post-Soviet decade was marked by disappointments as well as surprising turns. Expectations that Russia would join the Western powers as an equal partner were frustrated, while relations with the People's Republic of China warmed considerably. Today, Russia's relationship with China is an important component of its overall foreign policy orientation, as the two states - one greatly diminished, the other clearly on the rise - have found themselves sharing an interest in curbing the power of the United States. In analyzing Russia's evolving foreign policy vis-a-vis China, the author takes into account the legacy of Soviet-era precedents; the simultaneous processes of economic policy change and integration into global economic structures; and military relations. By shedding light on the role of political realism, decision makers, and exogenous factors in Russian foreign policy, this analysis of an important bilateral relationship contributes to the larger project of understanding international relations and the dynamics of domestic and foreign policy change.
- Hardback | 296 pages
- 149.9 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 544.32g
- 01 Jun 2004
- Taylor & Francis Inc
- M.E. Sharpe
- Armonk, United States
- tables, maps
Table of contents
1. Introduction; 2. Russian-Chinese Relations: A Chronological Overview; 3. Russia and China as Neighbors: Border Issues and Regional Relations in Asia; 4. The Weakest Link: Economic Relations between Russia and China; 5. Russian-Chinese Military and Military-Technical Relations; 6. The China Factor in the Border Regions: The Russian Far East and Transbaikal Area; 7. Political Relations: Defining the Strategic Partnership; 8. Conclusion: The Emergent Partnership
"Jeanne L. Wilson skillfully traces the evolution of Russian-Chinese relations from the hostility of the late Soviet period to the 'strategic partnership' of the late 1990s. She persuasively argues that Russian policy toward China, from the Gorbachev reforms through the Yeltsin years and into the Putin era, has been remarkably constant. For Wilson, Russia's economic and military decline, its demography and geographic constraints, explain Russian foreign policy far better than political structure or personalities. America's global dominance after the Cold War has pushed Moscow and Beijing toward an alignment of mutual interest, promoting multilateralism in opposition to Washington's hegemony. Wilson devotes considerable attention to Russian and Chinese reactions to the 9/11 attacks, their perspectives on the war on terrorism, and the promise of energy cooperation. Strategic Partners is quality scholarship -- succinct, thoroughly researched, and readable. It is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Russian-Chinese relations."