Российско-китайское сотрудничество и безопасность в АТР
The authors argue that Russian-Chinese rapprochement is a fundamental feature of the current changing system of international relations. The two countries are effectively enabling each other to conduct independent foreign policies often in direct opposition to the West. There is a degree of complementarity between the two sides with Russia having comparative advantage in the military, intelligence and diplomatic fi elds and China being an economic superpower. The region of Central Asia which, as some Western authors have expected, could become the hotpoint of the RussianChinese rivalry. Yet in reality it became the cradle of the two countries’ cooperation which is now affecting a wide range of international issues. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has emerged as the main platform for Russian-Chinese cooperation in Central Asia. After India and Pakistan joined the SCO in 2017 it is evolving into a mechanism of RussianChinese cooperation not only in Central Asia but in the IndoPacifi c as a whole. The Korean peninsula is another important area of coordination between Moscow and Beijing in the AsiaPacifi c. Russia and China have also been working on increasing interoperability of their military forces in the region since mid 2000s. Technically they have already done a great job for preparing ground for a military alliance. However, politically they do not appear to be ready for that yet.