This week the Lowy Institute launched its latest Penguin Special, A Wary Embrace, on the future of China-Russia relations. The author, Dr Bobo Lo, is in Sydney for the launch, and he sat down with me to talk about why he thinks China-Russia relations will remain largely transactional, and why Russia is wary of China's ambition to displace the US as the primary strategic power in the Asia Pacific.

But we began by discussing recent events in Russia, where we have seen anti-corruption protests swiftly dispersed by police, and a horrific bombing on the St Petersburg subway. Are these passing events or do they say something deeper about Russia's trajectory?

The Interpreter is hosting a debate on Bobo Lo's Lowy Institute Paper, A Wary Embrace. All debate posts can be found here.