Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 3:00 PM EST - 3:30 PM EST

Zoom Interview | Yun Sun

With global attention on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many in the United States and among its allies seek to understand the nature and extent of the ties between China and Russia. At the Putin-Xi summit on the eve of the Winter Olympics, China explicitly backed Russia’s security concerns over further NATO expansion in Eastern Europe; since then the Foreign Ministry has tried to strike a balance between its traditional principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty and blaming the west, particularly the United States, for creating the situation that led to the war. A lasting China-Russia strategic alignment could challenge U.S. political, ideological, and security interests and the U.S.-led global order.

Yun Sun discusses the state of Sino-Russian relations and its potential impact on the U.S.-China relationship in an interview conducted on February 8, 2022, and followed up with a second interview on the most recent developments on March 7, 2022.

Part I: February 8, 2022

Part II: March 7, 2022

Part III: February 17, 2023

Yun Sun

Yun Sun is a senior fellow, co-director of the East Asia program, and director of the China program at the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. She was previously a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, focusing on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations, and before that was the China analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Ms. Sun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an M.A. in Asia Pacific studies and a B.A. in international relations from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.