Danil Bochkov

Danil Bochkov

Danil Bochkov is an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. He gained his master of economics at MGIMO-University under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and a bachelor's degree in foreign regional studies at the Institute of Business Studies (IBS-Moscow). He also has a master's degree in world economy from the University of international Business and Economics (UIBE, Beijing)

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Opinion | US pressure is pushing Russia-China cooperation to new levels, beyond defence

Even though both sides say there are no plans for a formal military alliance, Russia and China have reached historic levels of military cooperation this year. Beyond this, Moscow and Beijing are embracing collaboration in the political, technological and economic realms.

Even though both sides say there are no plans for a formal military alliance, Russia and China have reached historic levels of military cooperation this year. Beyond this, Moscow and Beijing are embracing collaboration in the political, technological and economic realms.

US pressure is pushing Russia-China cooperation to new levels, beyond defence
1 Dec 2021 - 2:14AM
Opinion | How bad faith is undermining efforts to repair relations between the US, China and Russia

The US has made several moves towards normalising relations with China and Russia recently. Such efforts are doomed, though, as mutual suspicion leads to viewing each other’s actions as aimed at causing maximum damage to their opponent.

The US has made several moves towards normalising relations with China and Russia recently. Such efforts are doomed, though, as mutual suspicion leads to viewing each other’s actions as aimed at causing maximum damage to their opponent.

How bad faith is undermining efforts to repair relations between the US, China and Russia
17 Nov 2021 - 5:45AM
Opinion | Joe Biden’s Taiwan stance spurs Beijing to ramp up its diplomatic outreach to Asia and Europe

Amid Joe Biden’s new “pivot to Asia”, the US is even dragging its ally, Canada, into the Taiwan issue. In response, whether in Central Asia, Asean or Europe, China is out to show it is not alone against the US-led alliance.

Amid Joe Biden’s new “pivot to Asia”, the US is even dragging its ally, Canada, into the Taiwan issue. In response, whether in Central Asia, Asean or Europe, China is out to show it is not alone against the US-led alliance.

Joe Biden’s Taiwan stance spurs Beijing to ramp up its diplomatic outreach to Asia and Europe
3 Nov 2021 - 4:04AM
Opinion | With Aukus alliance, US turns away from Europe and drives China closer to Russia and Iran

Washington has prioritised the Anglosphere and ignored the efforts of its European allies, creating rifts in its alliance network. China and Russia have responded by intensifying their collaboration and bringing Iran into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Washington has prioritised the Anglosphere and ignored the efforts of its European allies, creating rifts in its alliance network. China and Russia have responded by intensifying their collaboration and bringing Iran into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

With Aukus alliance, US turns away from Europe and drives China closer to Russia and Iran
11 Oct 2021 - 8:45AM
Opinion | The US is not retreating from global leadership – it’s refocusing on Asia

After decades of fighting in the Middle East and Afghanistan, America is focusing on winning over Asia. Its rivalry with China is taking shape with the military ceding more space to diplomacy – for now.

After decades of fighting in the Middle East and Afghanistan, America is focusing on winning over Asia. Its rivalry with China is taking shape with the military ceding more space to diplomacy – for now.

The US is not retreating from global leadership – it’s refocusing on Asia
18 Sep 2021 - 5:18AM
Opinion | US-China relations: is Beijing ready to compete with Washington’s new pivot to Asia?

Biden’s ‘pivot’ appears less conciliatory towards China, instead focusing on reducing tensions with Russia. China seems to be raising the ante, maintaining close diplomatic and military ties with Russia while ramping up defence spending in preparation for potential conflict.

Biden’s ‘pivot’ appears less conciliatory towards China, instead focusing on reducing tensions with Russia. China seems to be raising the ante, maintaining close diplomatic and military ties with Russia while ramping up defence spending in preparation for potential conflict.

US-China relations: is Beijing ready to compete with Washington’s new pivot to Asia?
11 Aug 2021 - 3:40AM
Opinion | Russia-China bromance is going strong, but it’s far from perfect

Official statements from both countries may place the bilateral relationship on a pedestal, but China’s growing friendship with Ukraine and its footprint in the Middle East are all potential areas of tension.

Official statements from both countries may place the bilateral relationship on a pedestal, but China’s growing friendship with Ukraine and its footprint in the Middle East are all potential areas of tension.

Russia-China bromance is going strong, but it’s far from perfect
23 Jul 2021 - 2:33AM
Opinion | Will China-EU ties improve after the Xi-Macron-Merkel summit?

The summit between the leaders of China, France and Germany seems to have been amicable, but China-EU relations are not in the clear given that Merkel is stepping down and Macron’s stance has proved variable.

The summit between the leaders of China, France and Germany seems to have been amicable, but China-EU relations are not in the clear given that Merkel is stepping down and Macron’s stance has proved variable.

Will China-EU ties improve after the Xi-Macron-Merkel summit?
9 Jul 2021 - 4:00AM
Opinion | How US belligerence is driving China and Russia closer together

With Biden proclaiming ‘America is back’ and seeking to rally democracies to ‘tackle the greatest challenges’, it’s no wonder Beijing and Moscow are strengthening ties and seeking to safeguard core interests.

With Biden proclaiming ‘America is back’ and seeking to rally democracies to ‘tackle the greatest challenges’, it’s no wonder Beijing and Moscow are strengthening ties and seeking to safeguard core interests.

How US belligerence is driving China and Russia closer together
10 Jun 2021 - 5:18AM
Opinion | Russia-China partnership is strong enough to withstand nascent US overtures

While the meeting between American secretary of state and his Russian counterpart was less acrimonious than the US-China Alaska summit, cooperation between Moscow and Beijing is both consistent and strategic. Western antagonism will only strengthen this.

While the meeting between American secretary of state and his Russian counterpart was less acrimonious than the US-China Alaska summit, cooperation between Moscow and Beijing is both consistent and strategic. Western antagonism will only strengthen this.

Russia-China partnership is strong enough to withstand nascent US overtures
26 May 2021 - 3:38AM
Opinion | How India’s shift to the West over China threatens relations with Russia and its strategic autonomy

India’s ties with Russia could become strained as Delhi gets more involved in US-led initiatives, including military exercises. Its neutrality towards Russia could fade if this drift continues, locking it into the Western camp and limiting its autonomy.

India’s ties with Russia could become strained as Delhi gets more involved in US-led initiatives, including military exercises. Its neutrality towards Russia could fade if this drift continues, locking it into the Western camp and limiting its autonomy.

How India’s shift to the West over China threatens relations with Russia and its strategic autonomy
11 May 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | How Joe Biden has made a common enemy of China to rally domestic and foreign allies

After Trump’s controversial turning away from allies and divisive domestic policies, the Biden administration is in search of common concerns. With its open assertiveness and ability to challenge the US, China is the most obvious option.

After Trump’s controversial turning away from allies and divisive domestic policies, the Biden administration is in search of common concerns. With its open assertiveness and ability to challenge the US, China is the most obvious option.

How Joe Biden has made a common enemy of China to rally domestic and foreign allies
27 Apr 2021 - 4:10AM
Opinion | China and Russia show united front amid a hail of US-led sanctions

Talks between the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers reassured the world of the steadfastness of relations amid increasing geopolitical uncertainty as the West increases pressure on the two nations.

Talks between the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers reassured the world of the steadfastness of relations amid increasing geopolitical uncertainty as the West increases pressure on the two nations.

China and Russia show united front amid a hail of US-led sanctions
26 Mar 2021 - 2:31AM
Opinion | With Biden’s America, China and Russia can expect more clashes over human rights

Washington’s Russia sanctions and criticism of Beijing’s handling of Xinjiang and Hong Kong signal a hardline stance that will be seen as interference.

Washington’s Russia sanctions and criticism of Beijing’s handling of Xinjiang and Hong Kong signal a hardline stance that will be seen as interference.

With Biden’s America, China and Russia can expect more clashes over human rights
10 Mar 2021 - 1:33AM
Opinion | Will the Indo-Pacific become the new battleground for US- and China-led alliances?

There is speculation over whether the Quad can become a united, Nato-like bloc when its members are so dependent on China economically and India might be its Achilles’ heel. But if Biden succeeds in expanding alliances, the strategy might succeed.

There is speculation over whether the Quad can become a united, Nato-like bloc when its members are so dependent on China economically and India might be its Achilles’ heel. But if Biden succeeds in expanding alliances, the strategy might succeed.

Will the Indo-Pacific become the new battleground for US- and China-led alliances?
19 Feb 2021 - 9:49AM
Opinion | How Western reaction to Navalny arrest and protests fuels Russian fear of ‘colour revolution’

This expression of popular discontent signifies shared opposition to the ruling class. However, Moscow and Beijing’s shared global vision is likely to intensify their opposition to ‘colour revolutions’ and foreign interference.

This expression of popular discontent signifies shared opposition to the ruling class. However, Moscow and Beijing’s shared global vision is likely to intensify their opposition to ‘colour revolutions’ and foreign interference.

How Western reaction to Navalny arrest and protests fuels Russian fear of ‘colour revolution’
3 Feb 2021 - 4:36AM
Opinion | New kind of cold war as US extends competition with China and Russia to the Arctic

China and Russia have stepped up activity in the region, with Beijing intensifying diplomatic efforts. In response, the US has increased flights near Russia’s borders, reopened its Greenland consulate and updated its Arctic strategy.

China and Russia have stepped up activity in the region, with Beijing intensifying diplomatic efforts. In response, the US has increased flights near Russia’s borders, reopened its Greenland consulate and updated its Arctic strategy.

New kind of cold war as US extends competition with China and Russia to the Arctic
13 Jan 2021 - 2:23AM
Opinion | In the new space race with the US, how far can China’s cooperation with Russia go?

Uncertainty over US foreign policy is pushing Russia and China to expand space cooperation. However, China’s own advances in space research have shifted the balance between Moscow and Beijing.

Uncertainty over US foreign policy is pushing Russia and China to expand space cooperation. However, China’s own advances in space research have shifted the balance between Moscow and Beijing.

In the new space race with the US, how far can China’s cooperation with Russia go?
30 Dec 2020 - 7:21AM
Opinion | Unlike China, Russia shouldn’t expect any major improvements in US relations under Biden

China-US relations under Biden are likely to become less confrontational and more predictable, but they will remain challenging. Meanwhile, Russia can expect more of the same, including the continuation of sanctions.

China-US relations under Biden are likely to become less confrontational and more predictable, but they will remain challenging. Meanwhile, Russia can expect more of the same, including the continuation of sanctions.

Unlike China, Russia shouldn’t expect any major improvements in US relations under Biden
10 Nov 2020 - 6:51AM
Opinion | Heat of Western sanctions will only force Russia and China into closer embrace

From the Navalny poisoning to cybersecurity, from Xinjiang and Hong Kong to the South China Sea, the US and EU have forsaken dialogue and resorted to unilateral sanctions. This can only push Russia and China closer together as they consider countermeasures.

From the Navalny poisoning to cybersecurity, from Xinjiang and Hong Kong to the South China Sea, the US and EU have forsaken dialogue and resorted to unilateral sanctions. This can only push Russia and China closer together as they consider countermeasures.

Heat of Western sanctions will only force Russia and China into closer embrace
17 Oct 2020 - 2:11AM
Opinion | As Armenia and Azerbaijan clash, where will China stand?

As part of its Belt and Road Initiative, China has courted both Armenia and Azerbaijan. With the two countries engaging in their worst military clash since 2016, Beijing will have to walk a diplomatic tightrope.

As part of its Belt and Road Initiative, China has courted both Armenia and Azerbaijan. With the two countries engaging in their worst military clash since 2016, Beijing will have to walk a diplomatic tightrope.

As Armenia and Azerbaijan clash, where will China stand?
3 Oct 2020 - 5:13AM
Opinion | Energy deals in South China Sea are off limits if Russia wants strong China ties

China-Russia relations have benefited from having a common rival in the US and shared positions on many global issues. However, Russia’s interest in oil exploration in the South China Sea is a potential flash point.

China-Russia relations have benefited from having a common rival in the US and shared positions on many global issues. However, Russia’s interest in oil exploration in the South China Sea is a potential flash point.

Energy deals in South China Sea are off limits if Russia wants strong China ties
28 Aug 2020 - 9:52AM
Opinion | Why Russia’s relations with India and China will survive Galwan border clash

China and India’s current impasse poses a huge political challenge for Russia, which has established long-term strategic ties with both countries. By staying out of the border tensions and not lending support to either side, Russia can pursue its interests of forging diversified political contacts amid intensifying cold war rhetoric.

China and India’s current impasse poses a huge political challenge for Russia, which has established long-term strategic ties with both countries. By staying out of the border tensions and not lending support to either side, Russia can pursue its interests of forging diversified political contacts amid intensifying cold war rhetoric.

Why Russia’s relations with India and China will survive Galwan border clash
1 Jul 2020 - 12:26AM
Opinion | Russia will not be Donald Trump’s tool in US diplomatic war against China

The US president’s recent suggestion of including Russia in an expanded G7 appears to be part of a ploy to make China look as though it is being abandoned by its partners. Russia’s interests will not be served by risking good relations with China for the sake of joining exclusive clubs where it is not even wanted as a member.

The US president’s recent suggestion of including Russia in an expanded G7 appears to be part of a ploy to make China look as though it is being abandoned by its partners. Russia’s interests will not be served by risking good relations with China for the sake of joining exclusive clubs where it is not even wanted as a member.

Russia will not be Donald Trump’s tool in US diplomatic war against China
10 Jun 2020 - 5:18AM
Opinion | US Covid-19 blame game is pushing China and Russia closer together. Are we heading for a new Cold War?

In drawing in Russia, the US-China conflict could become far more dangerous, and more inclined to proxy conflicts, with global interdependency today making any minor escalation particularly menacing.

In drawing in Russia, the US-China conflict could become far more dangerous, and more inclined to proxy conflicts, with global interdependency today making any minor escalation particularly menacing.

US Covid-19 blame game is pushing China and Russia closer together. Are we heading for a new Cold War?
14 May 2020 - 11:00AM
Why the Putin-Xi bromance is a sign of things to come for Russia and China

While the two presidents are keen to highlight their personal relationship, their countries are likely to develop a closer economic relationship in future.

While the two presidents are keen to highlight their personal relationship, their countries are likely to develop a closer economic relationship in future.

Why the Putin-Xi bromance is a sign of things to come for Russia and China
10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM