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Three themes dominated the coverage in Russian analyses of the Asia-Pacific region: 1) China’s shift toward authoritarianism and tensions in the West over perceived Chinese protectionism; 2) aspects of Sino-Russian relations; and 3) fast-moving developments related to North Korea. Also, a miscellaneous category is required to capture other issues raised in the latter part of the winter of 2018. There are still echoes of Russian confidence in the prospects for Sino-Russian relations and a dearth of sharp criticisms of China despite calls for some changes in how ties are unfolding. There is also feigned optimism about Russo-Japanese relations but less so in “Greater Eurasia” as a construct for Russia reshaping a vast area.  

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