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Russia-China Relations: Recent Trajectory, Implications, and Outlook

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies presents a panel discussion on the Russian-Chinese relationship.

March 23, 2017 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Prompted by growing common interests, opposition to U.S. pressure and perceived decline of the West, the Russian-Chinese relationship has advanced markedly in ways that challenge the United States. While not a formal alliance, the relationship has gone well beyond the common view a decade ago that Russian-Chinese ties represented an “axis of convenience” with limited impact on U.S. interests.

This event will feature a presentation by Professor Robert Sutter (Elliott School of International Affairs) on the preliminary findings of an in-depth examination that the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is conducting on the contemporary Russia-China relationship and its implications for U.S. interests. Immediately following this will be a discussion of issues and recommendations by expert commentators on the implications of Russia-China relations for U.S. national security interests, U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Russia relations, and for Japan and Northeast Asia (see agenda below for details). Following this will be a Q&A session, providing ample time for audience members to offer their insights and recommendations.


Sino-Russian Cooperation: Findings, Implications and Outlook 
Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW


China's Perspective on Russia-China Relations and Implications for China-US Relations 
Yun Sun, Senior Associate, Stimson Center


Russia's Perspective on Russia-China Relations and Implications for U.S.-Russia Relations 
Henry Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW


Russia-China Cooperation, U.S. National Security and the Intelligence Community 
Paul Heer, former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Office of the Director for National Intelligence


The Implications of Sino-Russian Cooperation for Japan and U.S.-Japan Relations 
Michael Yahuda, Professor Emeritus, the London School of Economics; Visiting Scholar, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies


Moderated by:

Tiffany Ma, Senior Director for Political and Security Affairs, NBR