In “A Wary Embrace,” a new paper from the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Bobo Lo sets out the critical question of whether Russia and China will “define the rules of global politics” in the 21st century. As Western democracies have turned increasingly inward under a backlash against globalization, the notion of a rising Sino-Russian partnership has garnered greater attention. Can a Russo-Chinese partnership form the center of an alternative model to the democratic, market system of the West? How deep does the bond between Moscow and Beijing run?
On May 9, the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings hosted Bobo Lo for a discussion of these questions in his new paper. Thomas Wright, director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, moderated a discussion with Lo, alongside David Gordon (Eurasia Group), Philippe Le Corre (Brookings Institution), and Yun Sun (Stimson Center).
Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme - Royal Institute of International Affairs
Visiting Scholar - Carnegie Moscow Center
Nonresident Fellow - Lowy Institute for International Policy
Former Director of policy planning - State Department
Senior Adviser - Eurasia Group
Involving [Japan, Australia, US and India in a "quad" to counterbalance China’s growing power in the region] was seen as too provocative back then. So to do this on the sidelines of [the ASEAN 2017 Summit] is a significant break from the past.