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Ambivalent Perception of China’s “One Belt One Road” in Russia: “United Eurasia” Dream or “Metallic Band” of Containment?

  • Larisa Smirnova
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)

Abstract

Based on extensive analysis of the Russian media discourse, the author argues that many Russian decision-makers perceive the Chinese “One Belt One Road” plan largely similarly to its American “New Silk Road” predecessor, that is to say as a strategy for long-term containment of Russia. The title borrows from an article published in the daily Vedomosti that points out that the Silk Road “risks becoming a ‘metallic band’ for Russia.”. The “metallic band”, in its turn, is a metaphorical expression that derives from the Chinese classical novel The Journey to the West, where the Buddhist divinity Guanyin kept the rebellious character Monkey King under control by means of a band placed on his head and prompted to give him headaches when necessary through the ritual of reciting some magic spell.

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  • Larisa Smirnova
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  1. 1.Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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