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The Growing Strategic Imbalance between China and Russia in Central Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
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.
PhD Scholar, Department of Political Science, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
PhD Scholar, Department International Relations, International Islamic University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan.
MPhil Scholar, Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, KP, Pakistan.
China, Central Asia, Economy, Geo-strategy, Strategic Imbalance, Cross-Border Ethnic Issues