Go West, China Buy this

by Nathan Hamm on 8/27/2003

Go West, China
Buy this for me. I could probably afford it soon, but show your love by purchasing it for me. Here is short summary
of the report.
China is a much bigger player in Central Asia than many people realize,
probably due in large part to how silent the Chinese are in their
foreign policy. They have made major inroads in both trade and
security. As I mentioned on Winds of Change.NET,
the SCO recently held military exercises in Kazakhstan and Western
China. In terms of trade, “Kitaiskiy” (Chinese), is the word in the
local Russian dialects for “piece of crap product.” Russia is much more
bellicose in its relations with its former southern flank, and being in
the US, the media here is much more likely to report that foreign
influence there is a competition between the US and Russia. I
personally feel that, in the long run, some Central Asian states may
have much more to gain from a close relationship with China rather than
with the US. China has serious security concerns in its Western region
(restless Muslims) and consequently has a lot of incentive to invest in
stable, wealthy neighbors to its West. If anyone were to talk of
another Great Game or Tournament of Shadows, it will be between China
and Russia in the long term. However, what I think we see right now for
the most part is cooperation and shared interests from the great powers
in their dealings with the region.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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