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Chinese perceptions of Russian foreign policy during the Putin administration : U.S.-Russia relations and "strategic triangle" considerations

Chinas Sichtweise der russischen Außenpolitik während der Regierungszeit von Putin: die Beziehung zwischen den USA und Russland sowie Überlegungen eines "strategischen Dreiecks"
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Cheng, Joseph Yu-shek

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Abstract This article examines the Chinese perception of Russian foreign policy during the Putin administration by analysing Beijing's assessment of Russia’s foreign policy objectives and its policy towards the U.S., as reflected in the official media and the authoritative publications of China’s major security and foreign policy think tanks. Promoting multipolarity and checks and balances against U.S. unilateralism has been a very significant consideration on the part of the Chinese leadership. Using the concept of the "strategic triangle", the article demonstrates how changes in U.S.-Russian relations have probably become the most important variable in this push for multipolarity. In the past decade and a half, Sino-Russian relations have improved when Russia has become disappointed with the support it received from the U.S. There have also been periods of time when Russia has anticipated closer relations with the U.S. and thus neglected China's vital interests. The Chinese leadership, however, has exercised restraint at such times. There has been greater optimism in Beijing concerning Sino-Russian relations in recent years because of the expanding economic ties, Russia’s increasing oil wealth and Putin's authoritarian orientation.

In diesem Artikel wird die chinesische Sichtweise der russischen Außenpolitik während der Regierungszeit Putins untersucht.
Keywords China; Russia; United States of America; international relations; foreign policy; perception; security policy; UNO; NATO; international cooperation; WTO; economic relations; Commonwealth of Independent States; think tank; political science; present
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Political Economy
Method applied research; descriptive study
Free Keywords Politics; Foreign policy; Security policy; Perceptions; Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitspolitik; Perzeption; Russia; Present
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 145-168
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 38 (2009) 2
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works