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Russia and China: Partners or Competitors? Views from Russia

  • Silvana Malle
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Part of the Understanding China book series (UNCHI)

Abstract

Russia’s interest for the East can be dated back to the aftermath of the 2008/09 global economic and financial crisis. The effects of the crisis revealed Russia’s dramatic exposure to Western developments. Until then the economic potential of fast growing China had been neglected. Developments in 2013–14 were crucial, since Russia finally turned to the East when international tensions linked to conflicts in Ukraine erupted, making her weak- oil price-dependent—economic recovery even more problematic. Building a new Sino-Russian partnership, however, entails risks, since competitive pressures could derail a mutually profitable venture. The challenge for Russia and China is to strengthen their cooperation through dialogue.

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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly

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