Axis of Convenience
Moscow, Beijing, and the New Geopolitics
By (author) Bobo Lo
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Axis of Convenience by Bobo Lo
Book DescriptionFew relationships have been as misunderstood as the "strategic partnership" between Russia and China. Official rhetoric portrays it as the very model of international cooperation: Moscow and Beijing claim that ties are closer and warmer than at any time in history. In reality, however, the picture is highly ambiguous. While both sides are committed to multifaceted engagement, cooperation is complicated by historical suspicions, cultural prejudices, geopolitical rivalries, and competing priorities. For Russia, China is at once the focus of a genuine convergence of interests and the greatest long-term threat to its national security. For China, Russia is a key supplier of energy and weapons, but is frequently dismissed as a self-important power whose rhetoric far outstrips its real influence. Axis of Convenience cuts through the myth making and examines the Sino-Russian partnership on its own merits. It steers between the overblown interpretation of an anti-Western (particularly, anti-American) alliance and the complacent assumption that past animosities and competing agendas must always divide the two nations. Their relationship reflects a new geopolitics, one that eschews formal alliances in favor of more flexible and opportunistic arrangements. Ultimately, it is an axis of convenience driven by cold-eyed perceptions of the national interest. In evaluating the current state and future prospects of the relationship, Bobo Lo assesses its impact on the evolving strategic environments in Central and East Asia. He also analyzes the global implications of rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing, focusing in particular on the geopolitics of energy and Russia-China-U.S. triangularism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815753407
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bobo Lo
Russia and the New World Disorder, Paperback (July 2015)
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Vladimir Putin and the Evolution of Russian Foreign Policy, Paperback (March 2003)
Almost three years after the first voluntary handover of power in Russian history, this book examines Putina s management of this complex agenda, and considers how Moscowa s current approach to international relations resembles and differs from that under Yeltsin.
Russian Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era, Hardback (August 2002)» View all books by Bobo Lo
Examining the course of Russian foreign policy in the decade following the Soviet collapse, Bobo Lo adopts a conceptual approach and identifies the principal ideological and institutional factors that have influenced the thinking and decision-making behind the policies.
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Author Biography - Bobo Lo
Bobo Lo is the head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London, UK, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center, Russia. He was previously first secretary and then deputy head of mission at the Australian Embassy in Moscow (1995-99). He is the author of Vladimir Putin and the Evolution of Russian Foreign Policy (Blackwell, 2003) and Russian Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).
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