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As China's economy grows so does the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Heilongjiang Province, near Russia (photo:dpa)

China’s rise as economic power will drive Sino-Russia relations

Moscow and Beijing speak of an equal partnership, but there is a sense in Russia that China is increasingly the senior partner. On the one hand Moscow values China as a strategic ally but on the other China represents, to many Russians, the most serious long-term threat to national security. The Kremlin fears that the more Russia supports the modernisation of China, especially as it feeds China’s ever-hungry energy market, it may actually be assisting the rise of a globally influential power which one day could be a severe threat.

ON the face of it, relations between Russia and China have never been better. Leaders on both sides scramble to emphasise the point.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The rapid divergence in relative economic strengths has caused a reversal in roles that Moscow remains reluctant to come to terms with. And it is not going to get easier
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