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The Bear and the Dragon: Same Old Suspicions or Real Pivot East?


As the Ukraine crisis pushes Russia to turn to China as an alternative economic partner, it remains to be seen whether the relationship can be one of equals

After the deterioration of Russian–Western relations over Ukraine, Moscow has shown itself keen to reinvigorate its relationship with Beijing as a preferred partner – especially but not exclusively in the all-important energy sector. In addition, the two countries' common ambitions for a multipolar international structure enhance the mutual benefits of a strong partnership. Yet, Sarah Lain argues, the Sino–Russian relationship is characterised by increasing inequality, as

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Sarah Lain

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