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Influence Dynamics: China’s Strategies in Central Asia amidst Sinophilia and Sinophobia

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  • UserProf. Sebastian Peyrouse
  • ClockFriday 03 May 2024, 14:00-15:00
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Despite limited pre-1991 engagement due to strained Sino-Soviet relations and Moscow’s dominance in international affairs, China’s influence in Central Asia has surged over the past two decades, surpassing many other external actors, particularly in the economic realm, reshaping regional development trajectories. However, this ascent prompts introspection within Central Asian societies, raising questions about the management of future relations with China, its socio-economic impacts, and the balancing of ties with other partners such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Western countries. The presentation will examine Beijing’s multifaceted strategies for engagement with Central Asia, spanning security, strategic, and economic dimensions. It will evaluate the perceptions of China’s involvement from the standpoint of Central Asia, encompassing both favorable and critical perspectives, and analyze China’s pursuit of soft power initiatives in Central Asia, aimed at addressing negative perceptions and enhancing its influence in the region.

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