Monday, January 8, 2018

The Geopolitics of the Beijing-Moscow Consensus

Enrico Cau,

Image from article, with caption: Image Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

The integration of China’s Belt and Road and Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union will have major implications.

In the Asia-Pacific, the Chinese influence-building strategy, driven by an artful combination of economic influence, public diplomacy, and occasional assertiveness, is contributing to hasten the decline of American influence. China is filling the vacuum left an American leadership that has failed to deliver on several important initiatives, including the lackluster outcome of the “Pivot to Asia,” the termination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as well as the lack of leadership the United States has displayed vis-à-vis the Chinese encroachment of a number of maritime features in the South China Sea, which China turned into militarized artificial islands virtually unchallenged. ...

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