This paper is based on the analytical report Asian Vector prepared by the National Research University-Higher School of Economics in 2010; abstracts from Through Harmonious Development to Regional Stability: Russia and China in a New Global Architecture prepared by the Asian Section of the Valdai International Discussion Club in 2010; abstracts from To the Great Ocean: Russia and Asia, or Russia in Asia? prepared by the Asian Section of the Valdai International Discussion Club in 2011; the reports Russia as a Euro-Pacific Power: New Trends in Asian Regional Architecture and the Role of Russia and Korean Peninsula: Challenges and Opportunities for Russia prepared by the Russian World Foundation; and a number of other articles and reports prepared by Russian and foreign experts.
The authors express their deep appreciation to professor of National Research
University Higher School of Economics Vladimir Ryzhkov, President of Far East and Siberia NPF Association Fyodor Lukovtsev as well as to all the participants in the Asian (December 3–4, 2011) and the Russian-American (December 16–17, 2011) sections of the Valdai International Discussion Club who discussed the report, as well as to the participants in the case study Russia in Asia held on November 3, 2011 with the following speakers: Alexei Borodavkin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of relations with Asian countries and multilateral cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region; Vyacheslav Belokrenitsky, D.Sc. in History, Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Alexander Vorontsov, Ph.D. in History, Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department at the Institute of Oriental Studies; Igor Zevelev, D.Sc. in Psychology, Director of the Moscow Branch of the MacArthur Foundation; Vladimir Korsun, Ph.D. in History, Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations under the Foreign Ministry; Sergei Luzyanin, D.Sc. in History, Professor, Deputy Director of the Institute of the Far East, Russian Academy of Sciences; Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs; Sergei Lunyov, D.Sc. in History, Professor in the International Politics Department of the Higher School of Economics; Alexei Maslov, D.Sc. in
History, Professor, Head of the Department of Oriental Studies, Higher School of Economics; Vyacheslav Kulagin, Ph.D. in Economics, Deputy Head of the Department of the Russian and International Oil and Gas Industry at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Vladimir Petrovsky, D.Sc. in Psychology, Center for International Projects at RIA Novosti; Viktor Sumsky, D.Sc. in History, Director of the ASEAN Center at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations under the Foreign Ministry; Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Higher School of Economics, Assistant Dean for Research in the International Economics and Politics Department of the Higher School of Economics and Deputy Director of Research Programs at the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy; Sergei Chernyshev, Director of the Asia and Africa Department at the Ministry of Economic Development.
The authors wish to express their gratitude to the young researchers from the Higher School of Economics Anastasia Likhachyova, Igor Makarov and Alina Savelyeva who helped prepare the report and contributed to the initial research and analysis report in 2010.
The authors have prepared two versions of the report: a detailed summary and a full variant, complete with numerous charts, statistical materials and augmented with more evidences supporting the theses. The full version is considered the principal one.