Fostering Cooperative Trends in the South China Sea: Russian Perspective
Not one generation of researchers focusing on the South China Sea issue has come to disappoinment while their proposals on cooperation were facing harsh reality. At present, prospects for cooperation are undermined not only by the unresolved problems, but also by serious internal imbalances ripening in the issue.
At the current stage of the evolution og the South China Sea issue, the key prerequisite to keep it in a relative stable, manageable state means to strengthen the overall cooperative mileu in Asia-Pacific. This can be done by Russia, an emerging regional power interested in strengthening peace and security in Asia-Pacific and the South China Sea and maintaining enough policy instruments to effectively cope with this task.
The paper is devided into three parts. Part one addresses the key imbalances in the South China Sea issue. Part two gives insights into priorities, directions and instruments of Russia's Asia-Pacific policy. Part Three Russia's potential and possibilities in influence upon the South China Seaa issue. The conclusion summirizes the foregoing analysis.