Against the backdrop of deteriorating relations with the West, Russia is taking steps to accelerate its pivot to China. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing in May is just the latest indication that Moscow is now willing to push forward its ties with Asian partners, especially China. The risks of partnering with China are more than outweighed by the possible economic gains for Russia’s Far East.

Read our new RD Brief to find out what the China pivot will mean for Russia’s economic development as well as what to expect from Moscow’s relationship with Beijing in the near future. The author is Vassily Kashin of the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.

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