Russia and China in Central Asia

Charles E. Ziegler

in The Future of China-Russia Relations

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125633
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135359 | DOI:
Russia and China in Central Asia

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This chapter explains the Chinese and Russian interests in policy toward Central Asia. It reviews the various elements in Russian and Chinese relations with the countries of post-Soviet Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan). The chapter also explores the roles of China and Russia in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and other regional groupings, and evaluates the implications of Chinese and Russian policies and activities in Central Asia for U.S. national interests. It starts by addressing the political and security issues, and then turns to the various forms of economic cooperation and rivalry in the region, particularly in energy. Finally, the chapter deals with the important role of diaspora politics and population issues for Russia, China, and Central Asia. In general, Russian and Chinese interests in Central Asia are closely aligned on political-security issues, and both countries are thoroughly pragmatic in their foreign policies toward the region.

Keywords: Russia; China; Kazakhstan; Uzbekistan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Shanghai; diaspora politics; foreign policies

Chapter.  12994 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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