Russia and China: A Relationship Observed

The journal International  Politics published an article by Professor Jeanne L. Wilson, “Russia’s relationship with China: the role of domestic and ideational factors” (Wilson, J.L. Int Polit (2018).

She writes about the strengthening relationship between Russia and China. There is evidence of an increasingly common Russian–Chinese political identity, motivated by profits, national identity as a global power and common resistance to Western values.

Wilson’s article emphasizes two interrelated components that influence Russia’s behavior toward China. First, the strong relationship with China contributes to Russia’s self-image as a great power, which serves to legitimize the Putin government. Second, although Russia and China do not share a common civilizational identity, their political identities, values and norms are gradually converging in common opposition to the dominant values of the West.