From ‘Turn to the East’ to ‘Greater Eurasia’: Russia’s Abortive Search for a Far East Strategy

A group of Russian analysts (within the scope of the Valdai Discussion Club) released a report several months ago entitled “Toward the Great Ocean—6.” The document specifically proclaims success for the first stage of Russia’s “Turn to the East” and argues that the Russian Federation must now become an “assembling point” for the GEP—Russia’s “gates connecting this huge continent into a new entity.” Importantly, the authors claim that, thanks to Chinese initiatives, the center of gravity of global trade is now shifting from the high seas toward the vast continental interior of Eurasia (, September 1).