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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev at the end of the signing ceremony during the meeting on September 11, 2019 at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China.

Implications for the Euro-Atlantic World

China’s Influence in Central Asia

July 2020, Number 10.03

“The United States has set the themes for international security and also for much of the terminology used globally. It did so with its National Security Strategy (NSS) of 2003, when it announced a Global War on Terrorism, and did so again in the NSS of 2017, which highlighted the challenge of great power competition between the U.S. (along with its friends and allies), and China and Russia. It is still too early to tell whether the friends and allies will align with Washington.

In light of this, and assuming that the U.S. competes with China and Russia globally, there should be a U.S. presence in those parts of the world where one or the other, or both, are active. This means that Central Asia should be a center of U.S. attention, especially because the two great powers adjacent to Central Asia are potential major supporters, investors, trading partners, and assistance and security providers for the region...”

Excerpt from Pál Dunay, “China’s Influence in Central Asia,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 10, No. 3, 2015: 36-41.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.