The Sino-Russian partnership and the East Asian order

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After dismissing the Sino-Russian partnership for the past decade, scholars now scramble to assess its significance, particularly with US foreign policy in disarray under the Trump administration. I examine how China and Russia manage their relations in East Asia and the impact of their approach to great power management on the creation of an East Asian order. According to English School theorist Hedley Bull, great power management is one of the ways that order is created. Sino-Russian great power management involves rule making, a distinctive approach to crisis management, and overlapping policy approaches toward countries such as Burma and the Philippines. I conclude with a comparison between Sino-Russian great power management and the US alliance system, note a few distinctive features of the Trump era, and draw some conclusions for East Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-386
Number of pages32
JournalAsian Perspective
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • China
  • East Asia
  • Great power
  • Order
  • Russia


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