"Hybrid War" Is Bad for Business: Russia Seeks in Vain to Upgrade Its Quasi-Alliance with China

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Baev, Pavel K. (2016) "Hybrid War" Is Bad for Business: Russia Seeks in Vain to Upgrade Its Quasi-Alliance with China, Journal of Defense Studies and Resource Management 4(1): 1–6.

Russia’s deteriorating economic situation affects profoundly its positions in the Asia-Pacific region, where economic performance is seen as the major criterion of political success. ​​​

​For the Chinese leadership, in particular, the political decision to sacrifice prospects for growth and modernization and to engage in a highrisk confrontation with the economically superior West is barely comprehensible. The strong preference for de-escalating the conflict and moving towards a compromise solution was clearly conveyed to Putin, and his persistence with using the “hybrid war” as the main instrument of politics hardly bodes well for advancing the partnership with China.

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