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China’s Place in Central Asia

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazaerbayev (left) welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping to Astana in September 2014 to discuss bilateral trade and energy agreements between the two countries. A year earlier, the Chinese leader gave a speech in the Kazakh capital that inaugurated the Belt and Road vision. (Photo: Kazakhstan Presidential Press Service)

First of a Five-Part Series

EurasiaNet is running a series this week looking at the state of relations between China and the five nations of former Soviet Central Asia. China expert Raffaello Pantucci opens the series with a survey of China’s role in the region. 

China’s rise in Central Asia marks one of the most consequential changes in regional geopolitics since the turn of the century.

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Raffaello Pantucci is Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute and the co-editor of China in Central Asia

China’s Place in Central Asia

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