Eurasia’s Ascent in Energy and Geopolitics : Rivalry or Partnership for China, Russia, and Central Asia? book cover
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Eurasia’s Ascent in Energy and Geopolitics
Rivalry or Partnership for China, Russia, and Central Asia?

ISBN 9780415681506
Published August 6, 2012 by Routledge
264 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Sino-Russian relationship has experienced several permutations in recent decades as both states have undergone radical domestic changes, including the end of Soviet communism and the abandonment of Maoism. This volume brings together scholars to address the current status of Sino-Russian relations in the political, military, energy and trade sectors.

In this comprehensive new volume, authors offer a detailed account on the both the historical context and current status of relations between Russia and China and the geo-political realignments in Eurasia. This analysis of the evolving relationship addresses global strategy, energy politics, national security, human security, and Central Asian links. Individual chapters examine key issues such as China’s economic ascendancy, military relations, the geostrategic position of Mongolia, Japan’s views and historical background. With authors representing a broad range of current active experts and researchers working in Europe, the US, Central Asia, China and Japan, this book offers a long-term and in-depth analysis of the relations and potential developments in both bilateral and international relations.


This work will be of great interest to scholars of international relations, Asian security, and the Eurasian region.

Table of Contents

1. Transformation of the Sino-Russian Relationship: From Cold War to the Putin era Niklas Swanstrom  2. Political and Cultural Roots of Sino-Russian Partnership Lowell Dittmer  3. The Russia-China-US Triangle and its Post-Cold War Fate Bobo Lo  4. Russia and the Geopolitics of Eurasia in Historical Perspective Bruce Parrott  5. Moscow’s China Dilemma: Evolving Perceptions of Russian Security in Eurasia and Asia Marlene Laruelle  6. Power Differential and Security Issues in Central Asia: Threat Perceptions of China Sebastien Peyrouse  7. Recent Trends in Russo-Chinese Military Relations Stephen Blank  8. Multiple Levels of Sino-Russian Energy Relations Gaye Christoffersen  9. Sino-Japanese Competition over Russian Oil Shoichi Itoh  10. Does the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Represent an Example of a Military Alliance? T. Tugsbilguun  11. Chinese Views of the Russia-Georgia Conflict and its Impact Sun Zhuangzhi and Zhao Huirong  12. Asiatica: Sino-Russian Heartland and the Mongolian State Robert Bedeski

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Robert E. Bedeski is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada.

Niklas Swanström is Director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, A think-tank based in Sweden, and a research fellow at SAIS.