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Foryy, Dmitry

The problems and prospects of the strategic cooperation between China and Russia in modern international relations

In ancient times the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius derived a formula how to govern a modern state: “If you govern a state of a thousand chariots, you ought to pay serious attention to business, be true to your word, be economical in expenditure and love the people. You should use them according to the seasons.”  For Russia, which after the collapse of the Soviet Union lost significant territories in the European part and became, according to some experts, “ an Asia-biased state”, such a formula is of particular importance. The increasing role of the Far Eastern ports and the Northern Sea Route, the military-political instability in Central Asia, diverted Russia’s strategic, commercial and political interests in the Asia-Pacific region, primarily, to China. Having come to power, V. Putin proposed to intensify Russia’s role in Asia. This decision is largely based on the fact that China is a member of all major political and economic institutions in the region – the SCO, APEC, ASEAN, and the six-sided summit on Korea.  This fact has a significant impact on regional and global security. However, taking into account China’s increase of military power with Russia’s help, and all the existing contradictions and tendencies of socio-political development in Siberia and in the Far East, one can expect a potential threat not only to Russia’s national interests and security, but also to the Asia-Pacific region and to the international relations as a whole. It is evident that in spite of the existing chance for Russia to play “the China card” in the region in order to achieve certain economic and political benefits, it is necessary to make a research on conditions and consequences of political and military cooperation with China, not only for bilateral relations, but also for global policy. This means that it’s high time for China and Russia ‘resorted’ to Confucius’s behest.