The West and the “Eurasian Quadriga” (Russia, China, India, Iran)
Cand. Sci. (Hist.), Assistant professor, Russian History department, Voronezh State University, Staskhat@comch.ru
The author’s key premise is that Russia, China, India and Iran nowadays face the same geopolitical problems and share common goals which include creation of a multipolar world and opposition to the American hegemony. Therefore, these countries should form a strategic continental alliance, so-called“Eurasian quadriga”. The link between Moscow and Beijing (“ChiRussia”) could thereby serve asa consolidating basis for such alliance. Strategically, Beijing’s sea routes used for the delivery of raw materialsand export of Chinese products are rather vulnerable. It tries to overcome this dependency by forming the“New Silk Road”; a significant part of its infrastructure will be situated on the Great Limitrophe. However,the systemic instability, organically inherent to the latter, is unlikely to allow China to achieve this goal.The more reliable Eurasian transport corridors lie primarily in the Russian territory. Moreover, If China issupplied with considerable amount of Russian hydrocarbons, it would be able to form its own foreign andeconomic policy based solely on its own interests rather than the ones of U.S. and the West in general. The most important field of closer cooperation for the members of “Eurasian quadriga” is Central Asia. Theyare interested in maximum elimination of the American influence from the region and in establishing there a system of multilateral relationships with each other, which will bring stability and prosperity to the region.
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