Global Insights: With Asia Tour, Putin Puts Russia's Pacific Pivot on Display

Weitz, Richard
November 2013
World Politics Review (19446284);11/12/2013, p1
The article discusses the continuing efforts of Russia to increase its profile in Asia, with the visits made by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Vietnam and South Korea in November 2013, and their foreign and defense ministerial meeting in Japan. The author notes that although Russia wants to expand their diplomatic portfolio in East Asia, they are faced with several obstacles including its territorial conflict with Japan over the Kuril Islands, and inability to align with a rising China.


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