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Russia and China: A Political Marriage of Convenience - Stable and Successful

Lubina, Michal

978 3 8474 2045 3
List price(s):
63.00 USD
43.95 GBP

Publication date:
17 January 2017

Short description: 

This book depicts the sophisticated relationship between Russia and China as a pragmatic one, a political marriage of convenience . Yet at the same time the relationship is stable, and will remain so. After all, bilateral relations are usually based on pragmatic interests and the pursuit of these interests is the very essence of foreign policy.

Full description: 

The highly complex, complicated, ambiguous and yet, indeed, successful relationship between Russia and China throughout the past 25 years is difficult to grasp theoretically. Russian and Chinese elites are hard-core realists in their foreign policies, and the neorealist school in international relations seems to be the most adequate one to research Russian-Sino relations. Realistically, throughout this period China achieved a multidimensional advantage over Russia. Yet, simultaneously those two countries failed to conform to the logic of power politics and have been undergoing a peaceful power transition. Beijing knows its limits and does not go into extremes. Rather, China successfully seeks to build a long-term, stable relationship based on Chinese terms, where both sides gain, albeit China gains a little more. Russia in this agenda does not necessary lose (i.e., money is coming in for resources); the gain may be a little less out of this asymmetric deal. Thus, a new model of bilateral relations emerges, which may be called by - paraphrasing the slogan of Chinese diplomacy - as asymmetric win-win formula. This model is a kind of relapse into the past - a contemporary equivalent of the first model of Russia-China relations: the modus vivendi from the 17th century, achieved after Nerchinsk treaty.

Table of contents: 

Table of ContentsThe Domestic Determinants of Russia's And China's Policymaking Democratization of International Relations : Russia and China's International RolesBilateral Political Relations 1991-2016Economy and MilitaryThe Russian Far EastRussia and China in Central AsiaRussia and China in Asia-Pacific


Michal Lubina is assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.



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