EU CENTRAL ASIA STRATEGY

A Chinese-Russian Regional Program Ends With a Whimper

This September marks the end of the nine-year Program of Cooperation between Northeast China and Russia’s Far East and Eastern Siberia (2009–2018). When the document was signed by then Chinese president Hu Jintao and then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, the hope was that the program would boost Russian-Chinese cooperation in the provinces and jump-start development of the Russian Far East. 

Russia Launches Massive Vostok 2018 War Games Together With China

The Russian minister of defense, Army General Sergei Shoigu, and his first deputy, the chief of the General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov, took over the country’s Armed Forces in November 2012. Shoigu, a civilian construction engineer with no military background, had served for over 20 years (1991–2012) as head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (a magnified and militarized version of the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA).