In a truly contemporary analysis of Moscow's relations with its neighbors and other strategic international actors, Gvosdev and Marsh use a comprehensive vectors approach, dividing the world into eight geographic zones. Each vector chapter looks at the dynamics of key bilateral relationships while highlighting major topical issues—oil and energy, defense policy, economic policy, the role of international institutions, and the impact of major interest groups or influencers—demonstrating that Russia formulates multiple, sometimes contrasting, foreign policies. Providing rich historical context as well as exposure to the scholarly literature, the authors offer an incisive look at how and why Russia partners with some states while it counter-balances others.
Chapter 4: The Bear and the Dragon: China and the East Asia Vector
The Bear and the Dragon: China and the East Asia Vector
If Russia has never fully seen itself as a part of Europe, neither has it considered itself fully Asian. In many ways, however, Russia is an Asian nation. Although its capital is in Europe, fully two-thirds of its territory rests beyond the Urals in Asia, while it has the longest coastline of any Asian country. Despite its vast territorial presence in Asia, little more than a quarter of Russia's population resides there, which complicates its position further. These complications include the vast distance between Russia's population in Siberia and the Far East and the country's political center, and the demographic disequilibrium along the Chinese ...