Posts by Elizabeth Wishnick

Elizabeth Wishnick 05-30-2017
(China-US Focus) The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States at first seemed likely to rearrange the U.S.-Russia-China strategic triangle.  If you remember your geometry lessons, we now have an isosceles triangle—China occupies the pivotal position at the top and has better relations with both Russia and the United States than they have with each other.  Initially it appeared that the new Administration aimed to create a more balanced...
Elizabeth Wishnick 03-13-2017
(Strategic Studies Institute) China has been elaborating its position on the Arctic at the same time as the United States has been refining its own Arctic strategy as Chairman of the Arctic Council through April 2017. This Letort Paper examines the geopolitical implications of China’s growing involvement in the Arctic for U.S. interests. First, the evolution of U.S. Arctic strategy is discussed, including its political and military components. Next, China...
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Elizabeth Wishnick 09-20-2016
(Foreign Affairs) The South China Sea might be one of the most contested places on earth, but until last week, at least, one regional player had been conspicuously absent from the fray. Russia had staked out a precarious neutrality, maintaining a longstanding friendship with Vietnam while providing general support for China’s regional positions. On September 12, however, the balance came into question when Russia joined China for eight days of joint naval...
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Elizabeth Wishnick 07-14-2015
Partly in response to the U.S. rebalancing to Asia, Chinese leaders have been trying to define Asia for Asians. The Russian pivot to Asia complicates this agenda. On the one hand, Chinese analysts portray Russia as a European power; on the other, they seek to justify Russia’s legitimate role in Asia. Ultimately, China distinguishes among outside powers in Asia, including the United States and Russia, and does not treat these outsiders equally. Although...
Elizabeth Wishnick 05-27-2015
(Foreign Affairs) On May 21, Russia and China concluded ten days of joint naval exercises in the eastern Mediterranean, which included live-fire drills. Although the militaries of the two countries claimed that the naval exercise was meant only to improve interoperability, their presence in the sea has far broader political implications. For some years, Russia and China have been participating in bilateral and multilateral exercises in Asia, mostly with...
Elizabeth Wishnick 08-19-2014
After two decades of discussion, China and Russia finally agreed this year to share the $77 billion cost of building the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline from Russia to China. On May 21, 2014, the two countries signed a $400 billion deal to ship 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to China beginning in 2018. Although the timing of the long-awaited gas pipeline agreement from Russia to China highlighted the changed geopolitical context in the midst of the...
Elizabeth Wishnick 09-11-2013
In a speech at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan on September 5, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his vision of a “Silk Road economic belt” that would further integrate Central Asia and China through expanded flows of trade and investment, and enhanced infrastructure links. Although Chinese leaders have sought greater economic integration with Central Asia for more than two decades, China has become an increasingly important economic player...
Elizabeth Wishnick 08-08-2013
Долгое время находясь на обочине международной политики в Восточной Азии, сегодня Россия ощущает, что в ней нуждаются как в партнере по сотрудничеству в энергетической и военной сферах. Читать статью | © Российский совет по международным делам Читать полную статью автора | © PONARS Eurasia
Elizabeth Wishnick 07-08-2013
Long accustomed to a seat on the sidelines of East Asian affairs, Russia now finds itself sought after as an energy and military partner, particularly by Vietnam, but increasingly by a wider range of states in Southeast Asia. Russia’s growing relations with Southeast Asian states, especially in energy and defense, and the development of an alternative northern shipping route to the Malacca Straits are changing perceptions of Russia’s potential role in the...
Elizabeth Wishnick 10-01-2012
(Palate Press) A new sophistication about wine is emerging in China, where only a few years ago it was common to see people at banquets mixing Coca-Cola or Sprite with their Great Wall red. At first Chinese wine drinkers gravitated to status purchases of wine from the great châteaux Bordeaux, but now a more diverse group of wine enthusiasts is embracing a wider range of wines.

“Wine is hot in China,” Matthew Lance, manager of the Aria...
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Professor, Department of Political Science and Law; Senior Research Scholar
Montclair State University; Columbia University