Central Asia: Can China’s Silk Road Vision Coexist with a Eurasian Union?

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a signing ceremony of bilateral documents during the APEC summit in Beijing on November 9. The two big powers are looking separately toward Central Asia to expand trade, economic, and political relations. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

There is a good chance that economic jockeying between China and Russia in Central Asia will intensify in the coming months. For Russia, Chinese economic expansion could put a crimp in President Vladimir Putin’s grand plan for the Eurasian Economic Union.
 

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Chris Rickleton is a Bishkek-based journalist.

Central Asia: Can China’s Silk Road Vision Coexist with a Eurasian Union?

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