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How Has the Ukraine War Changed the China-Russia Relationship?

Please join us for the latest convening of the the Borton-Mosely Distinguished Lecture Series, jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Harriman institute, involving leading experts Yun Sun and Sergey Radchenko who will reflect upon these critical geopolitical developments in conversation with Professors Andrew Nathan and Alexander Cooley.

Just prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping proclaimed a “no-limits” partnership between their countries. But Russia’s war in Ukraine has had a profound impact on the Sino-Russian relationship. While Putin has sought Beijing’s support for his territorial grab, China’s position, has been famously characterized as “pro-Russia neutrality”.

Geopolitics remains the single most important factor in China’s decision regarding the Ukraine war, as Beijing has been torn between the competing agendas of managing its relations with Russia and relations with Europe. And while the Russians have grown increasingly frustrated with what many in Moscow perceive as Beijing’s double-dealing and unwillingness to commit, Putin’s leverage with Xi Jinping remains limited. As the war in Ukraine grinds into its third year, China and Russia continue unsteadily towards an ever closer alignment even while pragmatically looking out for their own interests in an evolving world.

Event Contact Information:
Eileen Huhn
(212) 854-6217


Apr 02 2024


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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