China-Russia-US triangle discussed in Washington

Updated: 2014-06-10 11:18

By Chen Weihua in Washington (China Daily USA)

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China-Russia-US triangle discussed in Washington

From right: Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski; Christopher Johnson, Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; and former US ambassador to China Stapleton Roy discuss the China-US-Russia triangle at a talk on Monday at the CSIS in Washington. Chen Weihua / China Daily

The $400 billion gas deal inked between China and Russia and the summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a time of growing tension over the Ukraine between Russia and the United States has triggered hot debates about the changing triangular relationship between the three powers.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former US national security advisor under president Jimmy Carter, believes the Chinese-Russian relationship is not the preeminent global relationship. "It is the China-American relationship that is the globally preeminent relationship," he said on Monday at a seminar that explored the triangular relationship after the recent meeting between Xi and Putin.

Brzezinski described Russia as receding into a regional power. He believes the decline of Russia in the triangle boosts the influence of China and gives China the option of utilizing Russia whenever convenient.

At the same time, he believes China, out of caution and strategic intelligence, will not associate with Russia too much.

The 30-year Russian gas export deal clinched on May 21 after 10 years of negotiation is believed to be prompted by Russia's strained relationship with the US and the European Union following their geopolitical fight during