The Sino-Russian relationship has experienced several permutations in recent decades as both states have undergone radical domestic changes, including the end of Soviet communism and the abandonment of Maoism. This volume brings together scholars to address the current status of Sino-Russian relations in the political, military, energy and trade sectors.

In this comprehensive new volume, authors offer a detailed account on the both the historical context and current status of relations between Russia and China and the geo-political realignments in Eurasia. This analysis of the evolving relationship addresses global strategy, energy politics, national security, human security, and Central Asian links. Individual chapters examine key issues such as China’s economic ascendancy, military relations, the geostrategic position of Mongolia, Japan’s views and historical background. With authors representing a broad range of current active experts and researchers working in Europe, the US, Central Asia, China and Japan, this book offers a long-term and in-depth analysis of the relations and potential developments in both bilateral and international relations.


This work will be of great interest to scholars of international relations, Asian security, and the Eurasian region.

chapter 1|15 pages

Transformation of the Sino-Russian relationship

From Cold War to the Putin era
ByNiklas Swanström

chapter 5|16 pages

Moscow's China dilemma

Evolving perceptions of Russian security in Eurasia and Asia
ByMarlène Laruelle

chapter 6|16 pages

Power differential and security issues in Central Asia

Threat perceptions of China
BySébastien Peyrouse

chapter 7|27 pages

Recent trends in Russo-Chinese military relations*

ByStephen Blank

chapter 8|23 pages

Multiple levels of Sino-Russian energy relations

ByGaye Christoffersen

chapter 9|21 pages

Sino-Japanese competition over Russian oil

ByShoichi Itoh

chapter 11|15 pages

Chinese views of the Russia-Georgia conflict and its impact

BySun Zhuangzhi, Zhao Huirong

chapter 12|24 pages


Sino-Russian heartland and the Mongolian state*
ByRobert E. Bedeski