"Asia and Africa today"
- is a scientificl monthly journal (in Russian)
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Included in Russian Science Citation Index on
WoS platform, and EBSCO Publishing.
ISSN 0321-5075
Published since July 1957.

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DOI: 10.31857/S032150750005765-3

Sergey G. LUZYANIN, Dr.Sc. (History), Professor, Director, Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

    The article offers the analysis of the new vectors in the international-cooperation domain of the Russia-China strategic partnership. Special attention is focused on the influence, caused by the US factor on Russia and China with regard to different issues, including the military-strategic component, the attempts to renovate the global and regional institutions, the correlation of the two countries' potentials, as well as the chances of, and conditions for transformation of the RF-PRC Strategic Partnership Treaty of 2001 into a form of alliance. The author also addresses different scenarios, such as the probability of signing the Russia – China alliance in case the world would move to the situation of 1939 or June 1941, or the further unstable balance among the great powers. Other subjects, analyzed in the article, include the potentials of the humanitarian / cross-civilization dialogue between the two countries, their joint containment of the US economic expansionism, and formation  by Moscow and Beijing of their "specialized" bilateral agendas - such as the "Eurasian" one (building the "Greater Eurasia"), Arctic (cooperation in the Arctic and mastering of the Northern Sea Route), the outer-space, hydrocarbons, and others, the author devotes special attention to the efficient interaction between Russia and China in such formats as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS, "G20" and other ones, as well as presents the road-map of seven vectors that would lead to positioning of Russia and China as a single regional and global center of force.

Keywords: trade war, USA, Russia, China, strategic partnership, Treaty of 2001, confrontation, military alliance 



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DOI: 10.31857/S032150750005777-6

Leonid M. ISSAEV, PhD (Political Science), Associate Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Research Fellow, Institute for African Studies, RAS ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Hamidreza AZIZI, PhD (Regional Studies), Assistant Professor, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

    This paper discusses Russian and Iranian economic activity and interests in Syria and focuses on two macroblocks. First of all, it seems to us important to highlight the level of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Syria, on the one hand, and Iran and Syria, on the other.



Evgenii N. KIRILLOV, Independent Researcher, Military Observer in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For more than twenty years the Democratic Republic of Congo has been experiencing bloody conflicts which have resulted in millions of deaths. The intervention of international community had a limited success and violence continues to date. Despite abundance of academic literature related to the theme, there are very few papers which employ quantitative research to explain this violence. Furthermore, there has not been any research which illustrated conflicts in the country from the perspective of what is called infrastructural violence.