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China Speeds up Its ‘Look West’ Strategy
October 22, 2022

China Speeds up Its ‘Look West’ Strategy

By Nian Peng
Central Asia is becoming more and more crucial to China’s interests, and Beijing’s recent diplomacy reflects that.

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Move Railway Plans Forward With Agreement at SCO
September 26, 2022

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Move Railway Plans Forward With Agreement at SCO

By Catherine Putz
Under the September 14 agreement, the three parties will jointly fund a feasibility study of a proposed route through Kyrgyzstan necessary to bring the CKU Railway into being.
What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?
September 15, 2022

What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?

By Brian Wong and Iskander Akylbayev
While the meeting with Putin stole headlines, Xi’s trips to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are about far more than Russia.

China Takes Full Advantage of Taliban’s Isolation 
July 06, 2022

China Takes Full Advantage of Taliban’s Isolation 

By Niva Yau
Chinese interests in expanding its engagement in Afghanistan lies in opportunist thinking.

The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan
May 26, 2022

The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Uralova
The China-Russia soft power rivalry in Uzbekistan plays out most clearly via language and education programs.

China and Uzbekistan: An Emerging Development Partnership?
May 13, 2022

China and Uzbekistan: An Emerging Development Partnership?

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Uzbekistan is leveraging its partnership with China to address the logistical and geographic challenges it faces.

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia
May 05, 2022

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia

By Elizabeth Woods and Thomas Baker
Even as China’s economic influence expands, a credibility gap looms in Central Asia.
China’s Inadvertent Empire: Welcome to Sinostan
April 19, 2022

China’s Inadvertent Empire: Welcome to Sinostan

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Raffaello Pantucci about China’s rise, as seen through Beijing’s engagements in Central Asia.

Observer Now, Beneficiary Later: China and the Unrest in Kazakhstan
January 21, 2022

Observer Now, Beneficiary Later: China and the Unrest in Kazakhstan

By Benno Zogg
China’s interests in Kazakhstan appear unaffected. As the Kazakhstani regime seeks economic growth and may tighten repression, Beijing's importance could grow.

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia
January 18, 2022

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

By Igor Denisov
Despite its economic clout in Kazakhstan, Beijing has had far less political leverage than Moscow.

Beijing’s Public Diplomacy in South And Central Asia
January 17, 2022

Beijing’s Public Diplomacy in South And Central Asia

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Samantha Custer.
China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan
January 11, 2022

China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan

By Luke Botting
Far from causing friction, Russia’s intervention in Kazakhstan shows the durability of the Sino-Russian relationship.

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