Russia and China fuel Asia’s other ‘Great Game’

The 19th century central Asian rivalry between the British and Russian Empires was known as the Great Game. But there’s a new and little remarked upon Great Game emerging between Russia and China with potentially enormous consequences for the whole of Asia

Asia watchers have spent years divining the growing competition between the U.S. and China in East Asia, seen by some as a new version of the 19th century Great Game — the Central Asian rivalry between the Russian and British empires.

Those predicting conflict feel justified by recent tensions in the South China Sea, while others argue confidently that the depth of economic relations between the two modern rivals will forestall any type of clash.