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The Future of China-Russia Relations$
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James A. Bellacqua

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125633

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125633.001.0001

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The Taiwan Issue and the Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

The Taiwan Issue and the Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

The View from Beijing

(p.312) 11 The Taiwan Issue and the Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership
The Future of China-Russia Relations

Shelley Rigger

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses China's expectations of Russia with regard to support on the Taiwan issue. In particular, it determines what the government of the People's Republic of China expects from Russia, vis-à-vis Taiwan, and to what extent Moscow's current policy and behavior meet those expectations. Beijing's expectations regarding Russia's Taiwan policy can be divided into five components. First, like all countries that wish to establish normal diplomatic ties with China, Russia must adopt a correct political and rhetorical approach to the Taiwan issue. Second, China expects Russia to adopt a correct relationship with Taiwan. Third, Beijing has revealed an expectation that Russia will support China's global strategic orientation. A fourth element of China's policy involves military cooperation. The chapter also argues that China has an interest in encouraging Russia to commit itself to intervene on China's behalf in the event of a Taiwan Strait conflict. In general, Russia's policy toward Taiwan incorporates much of what China has demanded.

Keywords:   Sino-Russian Partnership, Beijing, Taiwan policy, Moscow, strategic orientation, military cooperation, PRC

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