The rise of China has already started to change
the structure of international relations. In the wake of the US pivot to Asia, Russia has also
sought to build up bilateral and multilateral relations with her Asian neighbours. Since 2014,
intensified relations with China have been seen as a means to compensate for the economic and
political damage inflicted by the crisis and Russia's ensuing isolation from the West. However,
many of these expectations have yet to be fulfilled and the potential for conflict remains as
Russian-Chinese relations are evolving. At the same time, China has become a crucial economic
partner of many EU member states.