THE BEIJING-MOSCOW AXIS: THE FOUNDATIONS OF AN ASYMMETRIC ALLIANCE and implications for the Indo-Pacific
Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue (via Zoom) 18 January, 18:30 (Tokyo)
Russia and China established official ties since the establishment of People’s Republic of China(PRC) in 1949. Although their relationship experienced turbulence, but the two enabled a détente, bolstered ties, and sought cooperation where it is mutually beneficial while avoiding interfering in the core interests of each other. In the recent decades, the relationship continuously upgrades from Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation to a “comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation for a new era” in 2019. While Russia has decided to invade Ukraine at the start of this year, Beijing refuses to criticize Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and it blames the United States and NATO for inciting the war. With USA’s signing of defense authorization act into law and Japan seeking to raise 5-year defense spending by 50%, the consequences in these events in last week of 2022 are bound to end in the next sequel. While Russia faces criticisms from the world, will China back away from the alignment with Russia? What implications will this have on the Indo-Pacific region?
With this objective in mind, YCAPS’ Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue will host Jakub Jakóbowski, Michał Bogusz, and Witold Rodkiewicz ---- Authors of “The Beijing-Moscow axis, the foundations of an asymmetric Alliance” and senior fellows of the Centre for Eastern Studies(OSW) to speak about the Russo-China alignment, explore opportunities and challenges between two authoritarian states, and what it means for the Indo-Pacific region.
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Michał Bogusz is a Senior Fellow in the China Research Programme of Centre for Eastern Studies(OSW). He is a graduate of political science at University of Gdańsk (2001) and international relations at Renmin University of China in Beijing (2005). In 2008, he defended a Ph.D. thesis in the area of political science. He has spent nearly nine years studying and working in China. He is an expert in foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China and internal policies of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Witold Rodkiewicz is a Senior Fellow of the Russian Department of Centre for Eastern Studies. He graduated with the M.A. in history at the University of Warsaw and the Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Witold is an analyst at the OSW between 1998 and 2001 and again from 2007; an Adjunct-Professor at the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw. His main research interests are Russian foreign policy and Russian political thought.
Webinar Cost: Free of charge
Moderator: Dr. Stephen Nagy
Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged.
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