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China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics$
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Paul J. Bolt and Sharyl N. Cross

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198719519.001.0001

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Historical Foundations, Strategic Visions, and World Order

Historical Foundations, Strategic Visions, and World Order

(p.1) 1 Historical Foundations, Strategic Visions, and World Order
China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics

Paul J. Bolt

Sharyl N. Cross

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 explores perspectives on world order, including power relationships and the rules that shape state behavior and perceptions of legitimacy. After outlining a brief history of the relationship between Russia and China that ranged from cooperation to military clashes, the chapter details Chinese and Russian perspectives on the contemporary international order as shaped by their histories and current political situation. Chinese and Russian views largely coincide on security issues, the desirability of a more multipolar order, and institutions that would enhance their standing in the world. While the Chinese–Russian partnership has accelerated considerably, particularly since the crisis in Ukraine in 2014, there are still some areas of competition that limit the extent of the relationship.

Keywords:   China, Russia, history, international order, multipolar

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