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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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Russia, China, and Contemporary International Conflicts

Russia, China, and Contemporary International Conflicts

Ukraine and Syria

(p.151) 4 Russia, China, and Contemporary International Conflicts
China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics

Paul J. Bolt

Sharyl N. Cross

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 examines Russian and Chinese responses to the two major contemporary regional conflicts in Eurasia and the Middle East that are reshaping the international security environment and involving wide regional and global participation: Ukraine (2014–16), and Syria (2011–16). The cases of Ukraine and Syria demonstrate the capacity for Russia and China to serve as a counterbalancing influence to the United States and its allies in decisively influencing regional conflict situations challenging the norms and values of the liberal democratic order. Russia’s resurgence, China’s rise, and the burgeoning Sino–Russian strategic partnership suggest that the two countries possess the capacity to exert significant influence in provoking, managing, and resolving conflict situations not only in bordering areas, but on the wider global stage.

Keywords:   China, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, regional conflict

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