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Institutions for Peaceful Eurasia

International Organisations Research Journal. 2016. Vol. 11. No. 2. P. 24-39.
Bordachev T., Kazakova A. V., Skriba A.

Russian and Chinese initiatives in Central Eurasia are neither separate nor mutually exclusive – in fact, Eurasian integration and the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) are complementary. The successful linkage or “conjunction” of these projects depends on the creation of mutual respect and political trust between Russia and China. Both states are equally interested in maintaining Central Asia as a stable, safe and non-competitive space for fruitful cooperation. However, systematic and consistent work between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and China is required to create stronger and more effective institutional foundations for cooperation. To develop these foundations, the power of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) must be enhanced and extended to new areas and a special institution for intergovernmental cooperation must be established to promote multilateral dialogue in the day-to-day work of decision-makers and experts at all levels. A strengthened EEC would also support the development of a common EEU position on China. Only on this basis will the EEU be able to develop the infrastructure and investment programmes necessary to strengthen trade with states in the SREB. The complexity of this agenda demands careful technical preparation and EEU members must be willing to compromise if they are to receive meaningful benefits