China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

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 …

Taiwanese dITplomacy (sic) in Kazakhstan

by Elzbieta Maria Pron. Kazakhstan is thirsty for technical innovations, being the fastest-growing Central Asian state with a GDP increase of 7.5% in 2011. Neither of its main trading partners – Russia and China – have the capability to dominate the IT market (although the Chinese brand Lenovo is making a good run for it). …