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What Can Russia Give Asia?

Russia’s pivot to the East has taken place. But regional political and strategic realities are such that Russia will be able to find a foothold there if it offers its own unique agenda to Asian states and arouses their interest in playing the long game. Unless this happens, the Asian vector of national foreign policy will taper off and lose any practical sense. Russian diplomats, experts and even business people will become a familiar sight at Asian venues, but this country will not gain serious influence (and thus conspicuous benefit). Asia must be given what it lacks for historical reasons.