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Central Asia-China Relations Since--1991

Bhagaban Behera, Vista International Pub, 2006, xii, 210 p, ISBN : 8189652273, $28.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Central Asia-China Relations Since--1991/Bhagaban Behera

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The role of ethnic factor in Central Asia-China relationship. 3. Emerging geo-politics and Central Asia's security. 4. Economic relations in the post-Soviet period. 5. Russia as a factor in Central Asia-China relationship. Conclusion. Bibliography.

"Central Asian States got independence in 1991 from the former Soviet Union. Independence came to them unusually though not unprecedentedly. This led to the end of Cold War and brought a new era in the world politics. The disintegration of the Soviet Union created a low-pressure zone where all big powers and neighbouring Muslim countries attracted towards the region. The region is also an important area in the Eurasian land mass. It connects the east with the west. The opening of second transcontinental railway made the region more important as it is the road that joins east with west. The region is also important fore its natural resources like Uranium and rich mineral resources like natural gas and oil.

The involvement of many powers in the regions' politics and the exploration of natural resources and to give checkmate to each other in the region has created an atmosphere where every big power takes interest to involve. The Muslim countries, China, Russia, India and Western countries like US involve in the region to keep the region under their own influence. The present work has analysed the Central Asian states relation with China since the latter's independence. Both primary and secondary source has been referred to and the methodology is used historical and analytical." (jacket)

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