1st Edition

China and Eurasia Rethinking Cooperation and Contradictions in the Era of Changing World Order

Edited By Mher D Sahakyan, Heinz Gärtner Copyright 2022
    246 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book facilitates exchanges between scholars and researchers from around the world on China-Eurasia relations.

    Comparing perspectives and methodologies, it promotes interdisciplinary dialogue on China’s pivot towards Eurasia, the Belt and Road initiative, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,  Beijing’s cooperation and arguments with India, the EU, Western Balkans and South Caucasus states and the Sino-Russian struggle for multipolarity and multilateralism in Eurasia. It also researches digitalization processes in Eurasia, notably it focuses on China's Silk Road and Digital Agenda of Eurasian Economic Union. Multipolarity without multilateralism is a dangerous mix. Great power competitions will remain. In the Asian regional system more multilateral cushions have to be developed. Scholars from different nations including China, India, Russia, Austria, Armenia, Georgia, United Arab Emirates and Montenegro introduce their own, independent research, making recommendations on the developments in China-Eurasia relations, and demonstrating that through joint discussions it is possible to find ways for cooperation and for ensuring peaceful coexistence.

    The book will appeal to policymakers and scholars and students in Chinese, Eurasian, International and Oriental Studies.


    Mher D. Sahakyan

    Part I China, Eurasia, and the New World Order

    1. Eurasia between Multipolarity and Multilateralism

    Heinz Gärtner

    2. Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind: The New International Vision of the Chinese Development Model

    Yuntian Zheng

    3. China’s Digital Silk Road and Eurasian Economic Union’s Digital Agenda: Cooperation over Competition

    Anahit Parzyan

    Part II Transportation Infrastructure Connectivity Between China and Eurasia– Case Study

    4. Problems and Prospects of the Transportation Infrastructure Connectivity Between China and Eurasia: A Case Study on China Railway Express

    Bin Ma

    Part III Sino-Russian Cooperation in the Era of Changing World Order

    5. Sino-Russian Tandem in Eurasia and Changing World Order: The Dawn of the EAEU and BRI’s Complementary Cooperation and Development

    Mher D. Sahakyan

    6. Russo-Chinese Economic Cooperation in the Context of the Belt and Road Initiative: The Factors of Eurasian Economic Union and Shanghai Cooperation Organization

    Konstantin P. Kurylev

    Part IV The European Union, Western Balkans, South Caucasus and Belt and Road Initiative

    7. The Belt and Road Initiative and China-EU relations

    Anatoly V. Tsvyk

    8. China in the Western Balkans: A New Player in the Strategic Game

    Boris Vukićević

    9. Strategic Cooperation between China and the South Caucasus Countries

    Vakhtang Charaia and Mariam Lashkhi

    Part V China and the Rising Economic Powerhouses: BRI and Gulf Cooperation Council States; ASEAN-China- India Triangle

    10. The GCC Countries and China: Exponentially Growing Partnership in Rapidly Changing World Order

    Ebrahim Hashem

    11. ASEAN-China- India Triangle Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities

    Sudhir Kumar Singh


    Mher D. Sahakyan


    Mher D. Sahakyan is the founder and director of the China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research, Armenia; and in 2020/2021 also AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong, China.

    Heinz Gärtner is lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and at Danube University.

    "To master the art of multilateralism is a challenging task for every nation, but it is particularly hard for great powers that for centuries looked at their smaller neighbors with hubris and condescension. The authors of the book analyze how this challenge is handled by modern China, revealing both success stories and failures of the current Chinese approaches to Eurasia. The book is a valuable source to all interested in the future Eurasian security and development ecosystems."  

    Dr. Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, Russia.

    "China and Eurasia documents how China is transforming post-cold war political and economic order in Eurasia. Contributors shed light on key questions such as the responses of Russia, the EU, India, and ASEAN to Chinese initiatives; the impact of China’s growing influence on volatile subregions such as the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Persian Gulf; and what the new dynamic of multipolar competition unchecked by effective multilateral governance might mean for continuing peace and prosperity. This collection is a welcome guide to the new geopolitics of Eurasia set in motion by China’s rise toward great power predominance."

    David Arase, Resident Professor of International Politics, The Johns Hopkins University, USA.