PODCAST: Russia/China – The Vostok Military Exercises and the Evolving Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

Photograph by Â© Zha Chunming/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

With Russia’s Vostok military exercises taking place this week – on the grandest scale since the Cold War era and involving China for the first time – we discuss the domestic significance as well as the evolving relationship between Moscow and Beijing. With signs of greater cooperation, as well as numerous potential points of contention, we consider how best to interpret the relationship and how it is likely to progress.

Key points include:

  • Russia’s domestic economic problems
  • Increasingly strained relations between both China and Russia and the West
  • How pragmatism and mutual economic benefits are driving cooperation
  • Competition in Eurasia as a potential source of conflict

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