In the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2023, which has catalysed a shift in regional dynamics, China's multifaceted engagement with Central Asia through initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has become increasingly salient. The recent China-Central Asia Summit has further intensified global attention on this region. Drawing from an article I am currently working on, I aim to provide an overview of the economic ties, focusing on trade dynamics and investment patterns, explore China’s motivations and strategies, and assess the evolving roles of major players like Russia. Are we witnessing a foundational shift in Central Asia's geopolitical landscape?
The ANU China Seminar Series is supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
Xiaoli Guo is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre on China at the World (CIW) at The Australian National University (ANU). She was a Research Scholar at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at ANU in 2022. Her recent publications include “China’s Geopolitical Gambit” in the China Story 2023.