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The Growing Strategic Imbalance between China and Russia in Central Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

Sartaj, Uzma Siraj and Uroosa Ishfaq
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Sartaj: PhD Scholar,Department of Political Science, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Uzma Siraj: PhD Scholar,Department International Relations,International Islamic University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Uroosa Ishfaq: MPhil Scholar, Department of Political Science,Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, KP, Pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2018, vol. 3, issue 1, 33-43

Abstract: Central Asias China growing interdependence and fading role of Russia has provoked contentious debates about the growing strategic imbalance in the region. The empirical data in this research paper demonstrates that the domestic, geostrategic and economic interests motivate the nature of China Central Asia and Russia Central Asia relationship. Chinas pragmatic approach for establishing a comprehensive regional policy based on multilateral as well as bilateral relationships in all spheres has given considerable leverage to China and an alternative to Russia which has not been able to evolve a comprehensive policy for the region despite its longstanding political, ethnic, cultural, economic and security relationship with Central Asia. Both powers have similar objectives but different approaches with quite a distinguishable outcome. This study is an effort to analyze the implications of growing interdependence between Chinese and Central Asian states for Russia in the absence of a coherent and comprehensive policy for the region.

Keywords: China; Central Asia; Economy; Geo-strategy; Strategic Imbalance; Cross-Border Ethnic Issues (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.31703/gpr.2018(III-I).04

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