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17 january 2017

Russia and China Respond to THAAD

Vasily Kashin PhD in Political Science, Senior Research Fellow at the Center of Strategic Problems of Northeast Asia, SCO and BRICS, University of Far Eastern Studies, RAS, RIAC expert


On January 12, 2017, in Moscow Russia’s and China’s representatives agreed to take joint measures against the US missile-defense system in South Korea. Vasily Kashin shares what missile-defense system deployment on the Korean peninsula would mean for regional security and what countermeasures Moscow and Beijing may take.

22 december 2016

Second International Conference “Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations”. Event Report


On May 30-31, 2016 Russian International Affairs Council held the Second International Conference titled “Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations”. Senior officials, academics, experts on various aspects of bilateral relations, as well as representatives of businesses and media from both Russia and China took part in the Conference. The plenary and expert sessions of the Conference discussed priority areas of Russia–China bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Particular attention was given to coordinating Russia and China’s efforts channeled into developing global governance institutions and ensuring security in Northeast Asia, to the prospects for interaction within the Russia – India – China triangle, to the issues of infrastructure and economic cooperation in Eurasia, to the impact both internal and external factors have on the quality and volume of the Russia-China trade, to the prospects for implementing bilateral projects in education and culture, in the media sphere, and to the joint search for solutions to the current environmental problems.

19 december 2016

Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe: Moving Upward

Dmitry Streltsov Doctor of History, Head of the Department of Oriental Studies of the MGIMO University, RIAC expert


On December 15–16, Vladimir Putin visited Japan. The meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held in Nagato (Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Tokyo resulted in several important agreements, indicating the progress in the long-standing dispute settlement. Dmitry Streltsov comments on Vladimir Putin’s visit.

12 december 2016

RIAC holds meeting with CASS delegation


On December 12, RIAC received a Chinese Academy of Social Studies delegation, which included Professors Zhu Xiaozhong and Jiang Li, Institute of Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and Xu Wenhong, Deputy Secretary General, Center for One Belt One Road.


06 december 2016

Andrey Kortunov Had a Meeting with the Head of Singapore Diplomatic Mission


On December 6 Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, had a meeting with Lim Kheng Hua, Head of Singapore Diplomatic Mission, and Seah Seow Chen, Deputy Ambassador. During the meeting the following issues were discussed: the current state and development trends of the trade, economic, and financial relations in the Asia Pacific region including the opportunities for free-trade zone formation between Singapore and the Eurasian Economic Union.

05 december 2016

Russian Policy in Asia-Pacific Discussed at the Expert Meeting in New Zealand Embassy


On December 5 the Embassy of New Zealand to Russia hosted a meeting for Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, Alexander Gabuyev, RIAC expert, head of the “Russia in Asia–Pacific” program of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and other Russian experts with Jeff Langley, Deputy Minister for Europe, Middle East and Africa Affairs and Jocelyn Woodley, Senior Adviser on European issues to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

08 november 2016

Why Beijing and Washington are Moving to the Russian Far East

Yury Kulintsev Associate Researcher at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies (IFES) Russian Academy of Sciences, RIAC expert


In the past few years foreign policies of both Russia and the United States have largely shifted towards the East, with China becoming vital partner for both countries. Still, the economic potential of the Russian Far East remains underestimated. Is Russia interested in China’s role intensifying in this part of the country and what are the US interests at this point? Yury Kulintsev shares his thoughts on the topic, providing a review of “Russia’s Far East. New Dynamics in Asia Pacific and Beyond” by Rensselaer Lee and Artyom Lukin.

03 november 2016

Andrey Kortunov and ROK Ambassador Park Ro-Byug Discussed Northeast Asia Security Issues


On October 3 Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, had a meeting with Park Ro-byug, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Russia, The following issues were covered during the meeting: Northeast Asia and particularly Korean Peninsula security issues; multilateral military and political confidence-building system of measures in the North Pacific Ocean region; possible change in the role of the USA in terms of the upcoming presidential elections; Eurasian Economic Union and the Republic of Korea trade area formation perspectives; the role of Russia-Korea cooperation in social and economic modernization in the Russian Far East regions.

14 october 2016

The Present and Future of the Chinese Authorities under Xi Jinping

Ivan Zuenko Research Fellow at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of Far East, RAS Far Eastern Branch


In June 2016, experts from the Mercator Institute of Chinese Studies (MERICS) in Berlin presented a collection of analytical essays titled China’s Core Executives: Leadership Styles, Structures and Processes under Xi Jinping. This collection is interesting both as the debut of MERICS’s Papers on China series (it should be kept in mind that the Institute was founded only in 2013) and as an original comprehensive research into the topical issues related to China: the current Chinese leadership’s view of the country’s future, the goals posited, the methods adopted, what the outcome of the process of power centralization initiated by China’s current leader would be, and the significance of all these developments for the rest of the world.


26 september 2016

Strategic Planning of Russia–China Relations in Cross-Border and Inter-Regional Cooperation

Vladimir Petrovsky Dr. of Political Science, Chief Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian–Chinese Relations Studies and Forecasting of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RIAC Expert


In order to increase the predictability of Russia–China relations and ensure their progressive and consistent development, it is necessary to convert the high level of mutual political trust into steady and stable work of institutions responsible for international cooperation. For this purpose, it would be advisable to focus on determining the algorithms and mechanisms of strategic planning of Russia–China relations, which could help the parties identify mutually acceptable frameworks and boundaries of strategic partnership not transforming into a military and political alliance.

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