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Ex Oriente Lux? How to Think about the Russia-China Relationship

The how is of critical importance. In the West, it is increasingly perceived that alongside the perennial challenges posed by Russia’s multi-faceted antagonism, China is displaying a growing determination and capacity to displace the West’s traditional centrality in the international system. But whilst these goals might be complementary, it does not necessarily follow that Russia and China are acting in concert. Just where their interests coincide and where they do not is often a matter of speculation and blind assertion.


Kaush Arha
Kaush Arha

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Pavel Baev

Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo

Dean Cheng

Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation

Theresa Fallon

Director, Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies

Frank Jüris
Frank Jüris

Research Fellow, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS

Iztok Mirošič

Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia


James Sherr

Senior Fellow, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS

  • Where do Russian and Chinese interests converge, where are they distinctive, and where are they divergent?
  • How significantly do national culture and historical memory impede cooperation? How ‘strategic’ and how institutionalised is the ‘strategic partnership’?
  • Need it be institutionalised to be effective?
  • Finally, what leverage does the West possess in this relationship?

Click here to download and read a brief on the same topic by James Sherr OBE and Frank Jüris of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS.

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