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Two themes gained prominence in Russian coverage of the Indo-Pacific region in the first part of 2021: the Russo-China-US triangle and the geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula. There was little on the hallmarks of multipolarity, especially India. The mood was upbeat for three main reasons: 1) Sino-Russian relations are strong and growing stronger; 2) the Biden administration is viewed as having poor prospects on all fronts in the region, especially with China and North Korea; and 3) the North Korean challenge will not be managed without Russia achieving its objective of an inclusive regional security framework. Suga would continue Abe’s positive outreach to Russia, even if little would come of it. Moon would still strive for engagement with North Korea, in vain due to his dependency on the US as well.

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