Russia appears to be moving toward a geopolitical strategy in Asia that complements American goals, if this recent piece by top Russian foreign policy expert Sergei Karaganov, one of Russia’s top foreign policy intellectuals is any guide. Karaganov argues that China will inevitably be an important source of capital and economic growth as Russia tries to convert the natural resources of Siberia into a long term source of growth. But there’s a problem.China already is offering Russia, says Karaganov, the kind of deals it offers mineral rich countries in Africa. Russia can’t allow its eastern territories to become an “appendage” to Beijing.What’s the solution? It sounds a lot like the American strategy for Asia. Maintain and benefit from good economic and political relations with China while deepening relations with Japan, South Korea and other Asian states in ways that limit China’s ability to dominate the region. American investment is part of Karaganov’s plan for Siberia; the Cold War enemies look at Asia’s future in broadly compatible ways.