By China Watcher
Russia has inaugurated a new President, Dmitry Medvedev, on 7 May 2008, and according to political analysts, he would most likely continue the grand foreign policy initiated by his predecessor Vladimir Putin.
Medvedev has earlier stated that he will prioritize Moscow's ties with Beijing. In a latest Russia news interview, he reaffirmed his personal preference that he will conduct a state visit to China via Kazakhstan, as one of the first few destinations abroad when he becomes Russia President. By giving priority to his China visit’s over that of the capitals of other Western powers, it is a clear indication that he will continue the genuine strategic partnership established by Putin in 2001.
During the tenure of Putin, it was Medvedev who was involved in the planning and building of confidence and trust between the two countries. We may call him as the executor of Putin’s China strategy.
In a period of 10 years, I have seen Russia getting stronger and more confident in its foreign policy and most important in its independent stand against the US which was a result of its improved State’s coffers due to spiraling increase in the price of crude oil (of which Russia has abundant) and the success in the management of its various food programs.
Russia close tie-up with China will create more anxiety, uncertainty and fear over in the West led by the US and its allies. But elsewhere, it is viewed as a healthy development towards promoting a multi-polar world’s order.
Congratulations to Medvedev!