Chinese Policy Toward Russia and the Central Asian Republics

by Mark Burles

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Abstract

This report examines the foundation of China’s policies toward Russia and the five republics of Central Asia, identifies the combination of issues and environmental conditions likely to shape the policies’ evolution, and assesses their potential impact on regional or global U.S. interests. After discussing why China has improved its relations with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, the report describes the goals of Chinese policies toward these countries, highlighting the wide range of issues and interests involved. The report next examines the prospects for Sino-Russian and Sino-Central Asian relations, and how the development of these relations might affect U.S. interests. China’s relationships with the Central Asia Republics pose fewer potential problems for U.S. interests than does its relationship with Russia. There is little threat of China dominating the region in a manner that would restrict U.S. access to energy resources. Other aspects of China’s relationship with the Central Asian states might become problematic; for example, land-based transportation links through Central Asia to the Middle East may facilitate greater economic, political, and military cooperation between Beijing and regional regimes that are hostile to the United States.

Table of Contents

  • Preface PDF

  • Figures PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Two

    Basis of Chinese Policy PDF

  • Chapter Three

    Prospects for and Tensions in Sino-Russian Relations PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Prospects for China's Influence in Central Asia PDF

  • Chapter Five

    Implications for U.S. Interests PDF

  • Bibliography PDF

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