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China's Central Asia Policy: Making Sense of the shanghai Cooperation Organization
Hu, Weixing
Source PublicationCentral Asia at the End of the Transition
Author of SourceBoris Z. Rumer
Publication PlaceNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
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China has enormous interests in Central Asia ranging from geopolitical and trade to energy, and the question of the region's security and relations with Russia and its neighbors are vital for stability and economic prosperity in China's Xinjiang Province. Historically, Central Asia was an arena of the "Great Game," 1 in which the major powers competed for strategic primacy. Today, China's relations vis-a-vis other major powers in the region have a major impact on its bilateral relations with two of the most important geopolitical players in world politics-Moscow and Washington. Central Asia is also an important source of oil and natural gas for the energy-hungry Chinese economy. To strike a balance in global, regional, geopolitical, and economic interests, Beijing needs to pursue an active but balanced policy toward Central Asia.

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CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding AuthorHu, Weixing
AffiliationUniversity of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Hu, Weixing. China's Central Asia Policy: Making Sense of the shanghai Cooperation Organization. New York:Taylor & Francis Group,2005:130-151.
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