ArmInfo. The movement of Russia and China is a reaction to big processes rather than a movement towards each other, Editor-in-Chief of "Russia in Global Affairs" magazine, political analyst Fyodor Lukyanov has told ArmInfo.
"The matter concerns the current order of the new global space conditioned by the shift of economic capacities in the world. Beijing and Moscow are really becoming not simply the leading forces of global economy, but they are first of all becoming much more expansive," he stresses.
He thinks over the past two centuries the West has been the most expansionist part of the world, but now it is thinking more of its own problems, while China, in turn, is expanding the space of its interests towards the West.
At the same time, he notes, Russia is turning towards Asia for intrinsic reasons. Lukyanov thinks Eurasia, in its new understanding, as a space of economic and political development, will be partly conditioned by this opposing movement.
Lukyanov is convinced that the Russian eastward vector and the Chinese westward vector do not run counter to each other, but they are complementary. The interests of such large countries as Russia and China cannot coincide fully, but he thinks that it is the growth of coincidences that makes up the pledge of formation of the new Eurasian space.
"At the same time, the Chinese-Russian relations cannot be a zero-sum game. Now the hard process of adaptation is underway and it is not known how it will end. However, there is no clash of Russia and China in Central Asia despite the western experts' forecasts. This causes the West's surprise. Therefore, the Russia-China relations are quite a good experiment, whose results are far from being certain," he notes.