China Policy Institute Blog

Strategic impact of joint development and utilisation of hydropower resources between China and Kyrgyzstan

By Kunduz Rysbek. Securing the energy supply necessary for China’s continued economic growth is heavily dependent upon mutual cooperation between China and energy providing countries. The joint development of Kyrgyzstan’s hydropower resources illustrates the importance of enhancing strategic mutual cooperation between China and Central Asian countries.[1] Initially, China’s foreign policy toward Kyrgyzstan dealt predominantly with …

Bilateral trade between Xinjiang and Kazakhstan: challenges or opportunities?

by Cobus Block. China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region shares 5,600 km of border with eight countries, including a lengthy 1,700 km with Kazakhstan.  Small wonder, then, that the region has grown into a local trading hub. In 2010 the total value of trade between Xinjiang and Kazakhstan was equal to 17% of Kazakhstan’s GDP.  For …

Kazakh repatriates from China: burden or asset?

By Nikolay Tyan. The  increasing flow of people across national boundaries has become a new characteristic of  the 21st century. Transmigration should be beneficial to both sending and receiving countries; improving bilateral relationships and people-to-people diplomatic ties. However, in practice migration presents many challenges for and between states. The case of Kazakh repatriates from China …

New Players, Same Chess Board: Will the political power transition in Uzbekistan affect gas supply to China?

By Rashid Gabdulhakov. Ever since Uzbekistan gained independence in 1991, its foreign policy is one of the most unpredictable in the Central Asia. Initially, Uzbekistan established close ties with the United States and Turkey, seemingly resenting everything that resembled the Soviet past. In the mid-1990s, however, all Turkish educational exchange programs and educational institutions (lyceums) …

Does China Care about Security in Afghanistan? Prospects beyond 2014

By Qayoom Suroush Afghanistan’s future security is facing uncertain times, no less helped by China’s ambiguous attitude.  China’s role in Afghanistan and its silence towards the Taliban’s attacks on NATO and Afghan civilians draws criticism from many quarters.  China has refused to send troops to Afghanistan or open its border there for NATO military operations. …

Uncertainty of power succession in Kazakhstan and its implications for China and Russia

By Irina Malyuchenko. The question of a presidential successor for the current incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev has many people inside and outside the country concerned for the future of Kazakhstan. Having reached the top leadership position before the Soviet Union collapsed, Mr. Nazarbayev remains the first and only President of the Republic of Kazakhstan since …

Don’t forget about Central Asia: Local voices on China-Central Asian relations

By Elzbieta Maria Pron and Bin Wu. Discussion surrounding future prospects for China’s international relationship with its neighbours for 2013 is overwhelmingly centred on the increasing tension and potential military conflicts in China’s East (with Japan for Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands) and South (e.g. Huangyan Island/Panatag Shoal with the Philippines). In contrast, less consideration is given to …