US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
Today many aspects of the Sino-Russian relationship are positive. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO became an official multilateral regional organization in 2001. In 2008 both countries ratified an action plan to implement the China-Russia Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighborliness, and Cooperation, but the SCO is redefining their relationship and firming up their strategic partnership. With China in the lead, it has expanded to eight member states. After a slow start, the SCO is promptly achieving institutional structure and international recognition. The Sino-Russian relation in the SCO is going to be a strong relationship in coming years, with China becoming a strategic counterweight to the U.S. in matters of Central Asian security. The Sino-Russian collaboration in the SCO is already seen as long-term cooperation which is determined to be a Neoliberal cooperative approach for the near future. This is promising for U.S. interests since a Neoliberal cooperative approach between the Russians and Chinese allows for the U.S. to engage in Central Asia to help solve common problems. There is no doubt that Russian and Chinese interest in this relationship will continue as long as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping remain in power.