Leon Sinfield, MA, completed his masters degree in International Relations at the University of Manchester in September 2022. His thesis, entitled, ‘China’s Expanding Influence in Russia’s “Near Abroad”: the Case of Uzbekistan’, was awarded the highest grade possible. He also holds a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy. Leon’s main research interests include Russian foreign policy and Chinese foreign policy. Between October 2022 and January 2023 he completed an internship as a research assistant at the Institute of International Relations Prague, taking part in research projects on Russia-China relations and Russia’s geopolitical strategy during the war in Ukraine. At OIIP Leon will take part in various research projects on China, including on its bilateral relations with Russia, Serbia, and other countries.