Since the end of the Cold War, Sino-Russian relations have expanded and deepened, resulting in arms deals and increasing economic ties. Russia has the potential to become a major energy supplier to the growing Chinese economy, which is demanding ever-increasing amounts of energy. While both countries desire to constrain U.S. power and Western influence, they still view each other as regional competitors in Central Asia. If a close Sino-Russian strategic relationship develops, it could limit the capacity of the United States to act abroad and undermine economic freedom, democracy, and human rights in Greater Eurasia.
However, while Chinese-Russian cooperation is continuing and even expanding, the two nations are linked more by shared aversions than by shared interests. While Moscow and Beijing agree on the need to counter American power and have complementary economies, they are also geopolitical competitors.
Join us for a discussion of Chinese-Russian relations, the U.S. interests at stake, and recommendations for the United States’ response.
More About the Speakers
Stephen Blank Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Director, Asian Studies Center