Bobo Lo is an independent international relations analyst and Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute.
He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, DC, and an Associate Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). Previously, he was Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Moscow.
Dr Lo has written a number of books, including A Wary Embrace: What the China–Russia Relationship Means for the World (Lowy Institute and Penguin Australia, 2017); Russia and the New World Disorder (Brookings and Chatham House, 2015); and Axis of Convenience: Moscow, Beijing and the New Geopolitics (Brookings and Chatham House, 2008). He has an MA from Oxford and a PhD from Melbourne University.
Blame China and Russia. But the real cause of breakdown in the “rules-based international order” lies with the West.
Blank reiterates the popular, but implausible, claim that Xi's determination to be strongest ruler in China since Mao is influenced by Putin.
Western interests and norms are challenged less by the Sino-Russian partnership than by China and Russia acting individually.