The signing of the EEU agreement was a geopolitical victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin (photo:dpa)

China and the Eurasian Union - an ambivalent relationship

Russian President Vladimir Putin sees his grand vision of a Eurasian Economic Union of former Soviet states as guaranteeing his country’s continued relevance in an Asia which looks to be increasingly dominated by China. But far from showing concern, China remains remarkably nonplussed about the nascent organisation, writes GIS guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom. China’s nonchalant response may well be that it stands to gain much from the establishment of the EEU and will lose little.

THE Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will become a reality on January 1, 2015. At present the union will consist of three members: Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Kyrgyzstan and Armenia are scheduled to acced...

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 Vaughan Winterbottom
The EEU’s combined market contains 178 million people and registers a total Gross Domestic Product of roughly US$2.6 trillion - less than one fifth that of the US or EU, and one third that of China
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