resources--especially the forests, the petroleum, and the minerals-that China's future growth would require, and potentially a major Chinese trading partner. China could offer consumer goods, and its invaluable links to the capital and skills of the Asian Chinese outside the PRC.
Both sides also continued to have major interests in the future of Central Asia, interests which could have easily been the basis of cooperation in the future as they had been the source of competition and conflict in the past. And both sides had a shared interest in peace and stability in Asia, and showed increasing willingness to cooperate with Japan and the U.S. in achieving them. In brief, the decade of the nineties seemed to offer the prospect of a very different Sino-Russian relationship, one that would build on the many gains since 1985 to bring the two most important powers of continental East Asia into a constructive relationship, an essential requirement for a peaceful new order in Asia.
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Publication information: Book title: China, the United States, and the Soviet Union:Tripolarity and Policy Making in the Cold War. Contributors: Robert S. Ross - Editor. Publisher: M. E. Sharpe. Place of publication: Armonk, NY. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 119.