Cover Osteuropa 5/2020

In Osteuropa 5/2020

Maritime triangle
China’s rise, Russia’s decline and the USA

Michael Paul

Deutsche Fassung


China has taken over from Russia as the leading major maritime power behind the USA. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow has been unable to modernise and expand its deep-sea fleet. Even so, Russia still has respectable abilities to preserve its national security interests. And even in its relatively poor condition, the Russian navy is a model for China, which is increasingly projecting its global power and which in the foreseeable future will be in a position to challenge the USA on the world’s seas. Now, the development of maritime security and trust are needed. Yet there is far less willingness now to take preventive steps towards limiting the risk to security through armament control.

(Osteuropa 5/2020, pp. 117–125)