Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands.

Russia’s pivot to China: a bridge to nowhere

  • Russia is becoming ever more dependent on China
  • The Chinese perceive Russia primarily as a source of energy and raw materials, not a true and equal strategic partner
  • Barring far-reaching institutional reform, Russia will not be able to expand its footprint in Siberia and the Far East

During his June 2016 visit to China, Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the signing of a slew of business contracts ranging from energy cooperation to joint construction of an advanced civilian heavy helicopter and a new, 770-kilometer bullet train line from Moscow to Kazan. Following years of improvement, the Sino-Russian “strategic partnership” looks better than ever. Is this a trend that will bring substantial longer-term economic and security rewards, or is it mere window dressing?

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia is becoming ever more dependent on China
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What's inside
  • Russia is becoming ever more dependent on China
  • The Chinese perceive Russia primarily as a source of energy and raw materials, not a true and equal strategic partner
  • Barring far-reaching institutional reform, Russia will not be able to expand its footprint in Siberia and the Far East
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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