An Analysis of the Sino-Russian Relationship
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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This analysis is a reflection of specific aspects of the Sino-Russian partnership in the new millennium. Various perceptions debate the enduring nature of this relationship and include postulations of a relationship that is short-lived, as well as an enduring partnership based on the de-emphasis of U.S. hegemony in the Asia Pacific region and abroad. This analysis will demonstrate that the Sino-Russian relationship is inherently conflicted, and their respective national self-interests routinely emerge during various occasions of mutual cooperation for the purpose of opposing U.S. power abroad. Specifically, a history of Sino-Russian relations is analyzed. Multilateral partnerships are also analyzed that reveal both nations approach foreign policy problem-solving with a realist perspective. Methodology analyzes the Sino-Russian economic and historical relationships, followed by an analysis of the Sino-Russian energy relationships, Korean peninsula policy, and the multilateral institutions of the Shanghai Cooperation Network and the Collective Security Treaty Organization CSTO. Analysis reveals that the Sino-Russian relationship bases itself on pure competition while it counters U.S. influence in the Asia Pacific region. Analysis also shows that because of a mutual skepticism and continued competition, the Sino-Russian relationship faces many challenges if it hopes to become a more enduring partnership.
- Government and Political Science