The emerging China-Russia axis: The return of geopolitics?
Over the past decade, Russia and China have come into closer alignment and their bilateral collaboration has grown. At the same time, Beijing and Moscow have each taken steps to alter the status quo in their respective peripheries (e.g. Russia in Ukraine and China in maritime East Asia). Warmer Sino-Russo relations elicit the question of whether the closer alignment of these two neighbors is somehow changing international politics to the disadvantage of the United States and its friends in Europe and Asia.
On March 24, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings held a public forum that brought together experts from Japan and the United States to examine how recent actions by China and Russia have impacted the global order. Additionally, panelists analyzed whether new geopolitical rivalries have returned both between and within the East and the West.