On September 6, 2017, as part of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the Valdai Discussion Club held a special session, devoted to relations within the Russia-China-USA-Japan quadrangle.
Although contradictions and disagreements on important issues exist between the countries of the Asian region, Asia should not be allowed to become a region divided by zones of influence and competition between groups of states.
The United States' refusal to participate in projects, which the previous administration regarded as a means to contain China and, in part, Russia, could open up new opportunities for multilateral cooperation.
Russia needs to further strengthen its position in Asia through collaboration with all important players in the region, and to engage them in projects to develop the Russian Far East, deepen its integration with regional and global markets.
Relations within the Russia-China-USA-Japan quadrangle could eventually become a basis for cooperation and coordination of interests which is beneficial to all. A practical agenda for such cooperation must be shaped now, through substantive discussion of its participants’ approaches to the political and economic development of Asia and the world.
Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of Valdai Discussion Club
Jerry Brown, Governor of the State of California
Stanislav Voskresensky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Igor Morgulov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Working languages: Russian, English