Download e-book for iPad: Chinese policy toward Russia and the Central Asian Republics by Mark Burles

By Mark Burles

This file examines the basis of China's regulations towards Russia and the 5 republics of vital Asia, identifies the combo of concerns and environmental stipulations prone to form the guidelines' evolution, and assesses their power impression on local or international U.S. pursuits. After discussing why China has better its kin with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, the document describes the pursuits of chinese language regulations towards those international locations, highlighting the big variety of concerns and pursuits concerned. The file subsequent examines the clients for Sino-Russian and Sino-Central Asian relatives, and the way the advance of those kin may well impact U.S. pursuits. China's relationships with the vital Asia Republics pose fewer capability difficulties for U.S. pursuits than does its courting with Russia. there's little probability of China dominating the zone in a way that may limit U.S. entry to strength assets.

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46 This deal proved to be the precursor to a larger basket of agreements signed during Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Li Lanqing's September 1997 visit to Kazakhstan. 6 billion and includes an agreement to construct a pipeline from western Kazakhstan to western China (see Figure 7). Kazakhstan already supplies China a modest amount Figure 7 Rail Links and Proposed Pipeline Routes from Central Asia and Russia to China 46 "Chinese Oil Corporation Signs Deal with Kazakh Oil Company," ITAR TASS World Service, June 4, 1997; World News Connection, insert date: June 6, 1997, document id: 0ebdi9701xleuy.

As daunting as the technical demands of building many thousands of miles of pipeline from Central Asia and Siberia to China's coast are, they could be managed if the projects themselves were economically viable. Officials at CNPC apparently believe the Sino-Kazakh pipeline would be economically feasible if international oil prices rose above $16 per barrel. Although oil prices are currently over the $16 barrier, they have recently been as low as $10 per barrel. 53 The economic turmoil in Asia also complicates China's plans for pipeline construction.

As daunting as the technical demands of building many thousands of miles of pipeline from Central Asia and Siberia to China's coast are, they could be managed if the projects themselves were economically viable. Officials at CNPC apparently believe the Sino-Kazakh pipeline would be economically feasible if international oil prices rose above $16 per barrel. Although oil prices are currently over the $16 barrier, they have recently been as low as $10 per barrel. 53 The economic turmoil in Asia also complicates China's plans for pipeline construction.

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