China’s reaction to the conflict in Georgia and its implications for Europe and the United States. A wider conflict for the West or Russia vs. the Rest?
Since the conflict erupted on August 8th — as the Beijing Olympics opened — China has faced a range of issues and dilemmas over its relationship with Russia and its relations with the West: its principles of non-interference and defense of states' sovereign integrity; its attitude to the ‘color revolutions' and to NATO expansion; its relationships in Central Asia and the future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization; the implications of Russia's actions for China's energy security strategy; and the implications of the U.S. and European response for security guarantees elsewhere, particularly in the case of Taiwan.
GMF convened a small, off-the-record discussion to explore these topics and what they are likely to imply for future relations between China, the United States and the European Union, and for current policy towards Russia and Georgia. The discussion, moderated by Dr. Ronald Asmus, opened with short comments from Prof. Song Xining, one of China's leading thinkers on Sino-European relations, and Prof. Wang Yiwei, who is on leave from his position at the Center for American Studies at Fudan University for a secondment to the Chinese Mission at the EU.