"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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BREAKDOWN OF INF TREATY: CHINA`S FACTOR

DOI: 10.31857/S032150750005158-5

 Sergei V. UYANAEV, PhD (History), Head, «Russia - China» Center; Deputy 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 examines the influence of China’s factor on the situation around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), which de facto ceased its operation in early 2019. The prospects for this Treaty remain extremely uncertain. Will the US and Russia be able to conclude a new Treaty? Is it possible for China to join? Trying to make an answer, the author analyzes the main provisions of the current military policy of the PRC, the specifics of its nuclear missile programs, approaches to issues of international nuclear and missile control regimes, including in the area affected by the INF. Separately, there are arguments related to China, which the United States has put forward in support of the exit from the INF. Today, the PRC is solving the ambitious tasks aimed atr realizing the Chinese Dream of achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, including the goal of creation the world-class armed forces with modern missile and nuclear weapons. Till now China lags far behind the United States and Russia in the total number of missiles, but it has an advantage in medium and shorter range missiles, which Moscow and Washington lack according to the1987 bilateral INF Treaty. In the context of its military development and confrontation with the United States in the western Pacific, China does not want to lose such a local advantage. In this regard, the conclusion is made about the disinterest of the PRC in the multilateral nature of the INF and about the need to establish a Russian-Chinese dialogue on this topic.

Keywords: treaty, medium and shorter range missiles, China, USA, Russia

INNOVATION AND NIGERIA'S HEGEMONIC POSITION IN AFRICA: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

DOI: 10.31857/S032150750005167-5

Enenimibo-ofori M. BRIGGS, Post-graduate student (Innovation Management), RUDN University, Russia ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Kafilat M. ADEBAYO, Post-graduate student (International Relations), RUDN University, Russia ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

    The end of the Cold War heralded twists and turns in international political systems with a shift from the US-led unipolar system to new world orders emanating from different regions of the global community. The US lackluster zeal and sometimes lack of capacity in tackling major global challenges has reciprocally induced the proliferation of a range of regional actors like China, Brazil, Russia, European Union (EU), Nigeria and South Africa. Expectedly, there is a high level of responsibility to provide the right leadership framework to foster regional and international stability and stimulate growth and development in these regions and the entire international system.