Russia between the USA and China in the 21st Century |

Russia between the USA and China in the 21st Century

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A major shift in the balance of power is imminent. The USA's role in the world economy and finance, although still dominant, is declining. In 2010 China has become the second world's economic power. Yet, the USA remains a dominant power in the military and political area, as well as in the field of culture, information and high technology. This creates a dilemma for Russia's foreign policy.

Will the Western alliance or the dynamic China, or both of then, be partners to Russia in the modernization effort? And what are the preconditions for their successful involvement in Russia's economic development? Shall Russia opt for joining NATO, thus sharing a part of its sovereignty and becoming part of the West, or remain an independent center of power? How is it to avoid becoming a huge "prize", given its territory and natural resources, in the inescapable fight for power and influence between the two future largest players on the global chessboard - USA and China. These are the issues facing modern Russia and its foreign policy.

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Prof Alexey K. Pushkov, Director, Institute of Contemporary International Studies, Diplomatic Academy, Russian Foreign Ministry, Author and Anchor, “Postscriptum” (TV Broadcasting Company, TV Centre)

Thursday, 04 November 2010
5.15 p.m. - 7.15 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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