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Political Science Diplomacy

The New Silk Road Diplomacy

China's Central Asian Foreign Policy since the Cold War

by (author) Hasan H. Karrar

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2010
Category
Diplomacy, General, Security (National & International), General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774858946
    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price
    $99.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774816939
    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774816922
    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price
    $95.00

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With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, independent states such as Kazakhstan sprang up along China's western frontier. Suddenly, Beijing was forced to confront internal challenges to its authority at its border as well as international competition for energy and authority in Central Asia. Hasan Karrar traces how China cooperated with Russia and the Central Asian republics to stabilize the region, facilitate commerce, and build an energy infrastructure to import the region's oil. While China's gradualist approach to Central Asia prioritized multilateral diplomacy, it also brought Beijing into direct competition with the United States, which views Central Asia as vital to its strategic interests.

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Contributor Notes

Hasan H. Karrar was a visiting scholar at the Asian Institute, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.