Taylor & Francis Published China and Eurasia Book Edited by Mher Sahakyan and Heinz Gärtner

Routledge an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group published China and Eurasia Rethinking Cooperation and Contradictions in the Era of Changing World Order book edited by the director of “China-Eurasia” Council for Political and Strategic Research, Dr. Mher Sahakyan and Professor of University of Vienna, Dr. Heinz Gärtner.

This book facilitates exchanges between scholars and researchers from around the world on China– Eurasia relations. Comparing perspectives and methodologies, it promotes interdisciplinary dialogue on China’s pivot towards Eurasia, the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s cooperation and arguments with India, the US, EU, the Western Balkans and the South Caucasus states and the Sino– Russian struggle for multipolarity and multilateralism in Eurasia. It also researches digitalization processes in Eurasia, focuses notably on China’s Digital Silk Road, and the Digital Agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union. Multipolarity without multilateralism is a dangerous mix. Great power competitions will remain. In the Asian regional system, more multilateral cushions have to be developed. Scholars from different nations including China, India, Russia, Austria, Armenia, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, and Montenegro introduce their own, independent research, making recommendations on the developments in relations, and demonstrating that through joint discussions it is possible to find ways for cooperation and for ensuring peaceful coexistence. The book will appeal to policymakers and scholars and students in Chinese, Eurasian International and Oriental Studies.

Among coauthors of this book are Dr. Yuntian Zheng (Renmin University, PRC), Dr. Ma Bin (Fudan University, PRC), prof. Dr. Konstantin Kurylev (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia) and Dr. Anatoly Tsvyk, Dr. Sudhir Kumar Singh (University of Delhi, India), Dr. Anahit Parzyan (“China-Eurasia” Council for Political and Strategic Research, Armenia), Dr. Vakhtang Charaia and Dr. Mariam Lashkhi from Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Dr. Boris Vukićević (University of Montenegro) and Mr. Ebrahim Hashem from the UAE.

Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council Dr. Andrey Kortunov made the following comment on this new book: “To master the art of multilateralism is a challenging task for every nation, but it is particularly hard for great powers that for centuries looked at their smaller neighbors with hubris and condescension. The authors of the book analyze how this challenge is handled by modern China, revealing both success stories and failures of the current Chinese approaches to Eurasia. The book is a valuable source to all interested in the future Eurasian security and development ecosystems.”  

In turn, Resident Professor of International Politics of The Johns Hopkins University Dr. David Arase mentioned:China and Eurasia documents how China is transforming post-cold war political and economic order in Eurasia. Contributors shed light on key questions such as the responses of Russia, the EU, India, and ASEAN to Chinese initiatives; the impact of China’s growing influence on volatile subregions such as the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Persian Gulf; and what the new dynamic of multipolar competition unchecked by effective multilateral governance might mean for continuing peace and prosperity. This collection is a welcome guide to the new geopolitics of Eurasia set in motion by China’s rise toward great power predominance.”