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).