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The China–Russia Strategic Partnership: An Authoritarian Alliance?

China-Russia Relations Enduring Alliance or Limited Partnership? (March 19, 2009)

One of the key developments in international relations over the past decade has been the rise of a Sino-Russian “strategic partnership.” Although Beijing and Moscow cite their stronger ties as the very model of bilateral cooperation, others see in the relationship cause for concern. They fear that the China–Russia relationship may evolve into an “authoritarian alliance” that could eventually become an alternative center of gravity to the liberal democracies of the West.

A recent panel discussion looked at a number of key questions: What is the current state of Sino-Russian relations? To what extent are the two countries actually seen as an alternative model elsewhere in the developing world? And, most broadly, how will the global economic crisis influence the strategic partnership?

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