The New Silk Road Diplomacy

The New Silk Road Diplomacy : China's Central Asian Foreign Policy since the Cold War

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The New Silk Road Diplomacy will appeal to experts and students of Central Asian affairs and foreign policy and anyone interested in contemporary China and its relationship with its neighbours.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 380g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 0774816937
  • 9780774816939
  • 1,968,776

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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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Table of contents


1 The Past in the Present: The Reach of History on the Sino-Central Asian Frontier

2 Treading Carefully: China Enters the Central Asian Arena, 1992-96

3 Pushing the Boundaries: Deepening Sino-Central Asian Cooperation, 1996-2001

4 A Momentary Setback: Sino-Central Asian Relations in the Post-September 11 World Order, 2001-2

5 China in Central Asia: A New Regional Power after 2002?




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"The New Silk Road Diplomacy" makes an impressive contribution to the field of Chinese and Central Asian foreign policy. Karrar's canvassing of the Chinese language sources is impeccable, as is his knowledge of the relevant Western and Russian scholarship. The subject is timely and important; not only is China's relationship with Central Asia crucial to our understanding of Chinese foreign and energy policy, but it also figures in China's strategic posture towards the West and to the United States, in particular.? Jeremy Paltiel, author of The Empire's New Clothes: Cultural Particularism and Universal Value in China's Quest for Global StatusBoth specialists and a general audience will welcome this lucid and readable book. While students and experts in Central Asian affairs and Chinese foreign policy will engage with Karrar's interpretations of events, others interested in contemporary China and Central Asia will appreciate his clear presentation of the international politics in a rather intricate and unfamiliar region.? Xiaoyuan Liu, author of Frontier Passages: Ethnopolitics and the Rise of Chinese Communism, 1921-1945
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About Hasan H. Karrar

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