No. 168: The view from China: Russia as seen by two Chinese scholars of Russia
Author(s): Zhang Xin, Xing Guangcheng
Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov
Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen; Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University
Publication Year: 2015
In this edition, two Chinese scholars outline their perspectives on contemporary Russian politics and the Ukraine conflict. Firstly, Zhang Xin argues that with the recent increase in conflict over the allocation of resources in Russia, the post-modern depoliticization politics of Surkov have given way to a more politicized context in which clearer lines of political contestation are evident. Secondly, Xing Guangcheng considers the implications of the Ukraine crisis for great-power strategic politics, suggesting that it has left Russia in a diminished strategic position, but that this may yet serve to motivate much-needed reform of the Russian economy.