Friday, March 11, 2016

China Moves in Central Asia not necessarily a threat to Russia

While it may be exciting for geopolitical wonks to float the idea of a great power contest between Russia and China, with Central Asia as the setting, many experts dismiss this formulation outright or at the very least push the horizon to the extreme long-term realm. Russia, China, and the Central Asian states themselves share a fundamental idea of what stability in the region looks like and how to maintain it. Overarching shared interests among them virtually ensure that areas of friction will be managed rather than allowed to spark.

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