Contrasting Russian and Chinese perspectives on the future of Asia

Kerr, David (1994) Contrasting Russian and Chinese perspectives on the future of Asia. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The initial hypothesis of this research was that divergent regional perspectives on Asia- issues of security, political alignment and economic models- were a primary cause of the thirty-year Sino-Soviet Cold War. This implied that future stable relations between Russia and China would continue to be strongly influenced by the compatibility of their regional perspectives. Sustaining such compatability would become increasingly complex, however, due to change within Asia itself, particularly with regard to Asia's emergence as one of the centres of the new global economy. Asian modernisation is significant for Russia and China not only in terms of domestic development as they abandon the command economy, but politically since the creation of a regional economy is being promoted as a means of neutralising the tensions in the region which arise from Asia's heterodox nature in terms of culture, ethnicity and social system.

The central chapters of the thesis are, therefore, concerned with comparing Russian and Chinese assessments of the Asian economy on several levels: Asia's place in their foreign economic relations in the reform era; Asia's role in their domestic development: and their assessment of the significance of the Asian economy as an economic model and as an emerging regional economy. These assessments are then set against Russian and Chinese perspectives on their role as Asian powers and their security and diplomatic relations in Asia.

The conclusion of the paper is that Asia is rising in importance for both states, though not equally.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 1994
Depositing User: Ms Anikó Szilágyi
Unique ID: glathesis:1994-5667
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2014 11:09
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2014 11:11

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