2001 Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship

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2001 Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship
Putin and Jiang Zemin document-signing ceremony 2001.jpg
Jiang Zemin and Vladimir Putin after signing the FCT
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 中俄睦邻友好合作条约
Traditional Chinese 中俄睦鄰友好合作條約
Russian name
Russian Договор о Добрососедстве Дружбе и Сотрудничестве Между Российской Федерацией и Китайской Народной Республикой

The Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation Between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation (FCT) is a twenty-year strategic treaty that was signed by the leaders of the two international powers, Jiang Zemin and Vladimir Putin, on July 16, 2001.

Overview[edit]

The treaty outlines the broad strokes which are to serve as a basis for peaceful relations, economic cooperation, as well as diplomatic and geopolitical reliance. Controversially, Article 9 of the treaty can be seen as an implicit defense pact, and other articles (A7 and A16) point at increasing military cooperation, including the sharing of "military know-how" (A16), namely, Chinese access to Russian military technology.

The treaty also encompasses a mutual, cooperative approach to environmental technology regulations and energy conservation; and toward international finance and trade. The document affirms Russia's stand on Taiwan as "an inalienable part of China" (A5), and highlights the commitment to ensure the "national unity and territorial integrity" in the two countries (A4).

Possible benefits[edit]

Analysts have attributed the motives behind, and perceived mutual benefit of, the FCT to several factors.[1]

China[edit]

  • China wishes to develop and modernize its armed forces, much of which remain outdated. This process can be accelerated with Russian military training and technology.

Russia[edit]

  • Russia strives to obtain sources of capital, which it is in need of following severe losses to international speculators during the process of Soviet dissolution. This effort can be significantly aided through the use of Chinese capital. Accordingly:
    • Russia wants to find sources of employment for its skilled workforce.
    • Russia wants to sell its military technology and expertise.
    • Russia wants to sell its large reserves of petroleum and natural gas.

Economic competition with the US, Japan and the EU[edit]

The United States, Japan and the European Union are three economic powers who possess a skilled workforce and access to capital. Russia and the PRC can more effectively compete against these powers in the world economy, with Russia given access to Chinese capital and China given access to Russian training and technology.

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