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The New Silk Road Diplomacy

China’s Central Asian Foreign Policy since the Cold War

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, independent states such as Kazakhstan sprang up along China’s western frontier. Suddenly, Beijing was forced to confront internal challenges to its authority at its border as well as international competition for energy and authority in Central Asia. Hasan Karrar traces how China cooperated with Russia and the Central Asian republics to stabilize the region, facilitate commerce, and build an energy infrastructure to import the region’s oil. While China’s gradualist approach to Central Asia prioritized multilateral diplomacy, it also brought Beijing into direct competition with the United States, which views Central Asia as vital to its strategic interests.

Table of Contents


1 The Past in the Present: The Reach of History on the Sino-Central Asian Frontier

2 Treading Carefully: China Enters the Central Asian Arena, 1992-96

3 Pushing the Boundaries: Deepening Sino-Central Asian Cooperation, 1996-2001

4 A Momentary Setback: Sino-Central Asian Relations in the Post-September 11 World Order, 2001-2

5 China in Central Asia: A New Regional Power after 2002?





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