Chinese-Russian-European Relations in the Age of Geopolitical Contestation Lecture with discussion

china | russia

Contestation between the European Union, Russia and China has reached a peak. While causes and prospects of future relations within this triangle are controversially debated in the West, little is known about the debate in Russia besides official state propaganda.

Dr Oxana Karnaukhova offers rare insides into the academic debate of geopolitics in Russia. She reviews the European Union’s policy towards Russia and the Russian policy towards the European Union. Both policies need to take into account the foreign policy of the new rising power of China. Therefore, the lecture discusses the changing geopolitical environment in the triangle China-Europe-Russia.

Welcome & moderation

  • Dr Kristina KURZE, Associate Professor, Andrássy Universität Budapest.



Dr Karnaukhova's lecture will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

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Invitation by University of Passau here LINK


Report below by EUCON (LINK)

During the Chinese President’s recent three-day state visit, Xi Xingping provided geostrategic support for Russia. The trip to Moscow was also a clear signal of Chinese geopolitical aspiration, showing China’s capacity to shape global politics. China has become an increasingly influential competitor on the international level. While the two countries share some common values, the “Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation Between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation” stipulates the principles of non-interference of other countries and mutual respect of sovereignty. Furthermore, there are territorial, political, and economic tensions between the two partners. One major issue is the “Belt and Road Initiative”, a Chinese government foreign policy concept to integrate with the economies of Asia, Europe, and Africa. It competes with the Eurasian Economic Union of five former Soviet states under the leadership of Russia, which is modelled on the European Union and seeks to establish a Common Market in Eurasia. Thus, cooperation and tensions both characterise the current Chinese-Russian relations.

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