In 2001, the two countries had signed a “friendship and cooperation” treaty that has become a reality with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Russia is angling itself to become the main supplier of oil and gas for its energy-strapped Asian neighbors. Trade has increased sixfold over the past decade.
If the main relationship between the both are mainly economic, they are also personal with the increasing of mixed weddings and Sino-Russian crossbreeding.
David Monteleone crisscrossed the Sinai-Russian border, theater of an atypical and hybrid relationship, where he explored tenants of a particular economic, cultural and historical relation.